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How fog hinders travel in Pennsylvania

In January 2012, 11 people were killed during a 19-car pileup caused by fog and smoke on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida. The accident occurred just an hour after the road had reopened following a three-car crash earlier that same day. That crash was also caused by smoke and fog, and one trooper suggested that the road remain closed as smoke and fog can diminish visibility on a highway quickly.

Fog can create issues for drivers because it becomes harder to perceive where objects are on the road. It can also be difficult for drivers to determine their speed, which could increase the severity of a collision. Furthermore, the high beam lights that drivers would typically use in poor visibility simply bounce off of the water droplets that make up the fog. Therefore, they don't have one of the most useful tools available for staying safe when conditions are bad.

Those who study the issue believe that slowing down and maintaining safe following distances may reduce accidents in foggy conditions. However, many drivers do not slow down until they are unable to safely stay in their line. As road markings may still be easy to see in foggy conditions, drivers may not maintain the proper speed or following distance needed to avoid an unexpected hazard.

Weather conditions often contribute to serious car accidents, and collisions are sometimes not preventable. However, motorists still have the duty of care to be cognizant of adverse weather, and they need to proceed with caution as a result. A person who has been injured as a result of a driver going too fast in fog may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to determine the remedies that may be available for seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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