Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys recently read a report on PhillyBurbs.com detailing a garbage truck accident that sent one individual to the hospital. According to the report, the trucking accident transpired when a van collided into a passenger vehicle along an interstate highway. Upon collision, the passenger vehicle in turn collided into the rear of a garbage truck. The three-vehicle accident caused one of the drivers to be transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. Local authorities at the scene believe that the dense fog played a significant factor in the accident and no charges have been filed.
Throughout the United States, reduced visibility conditions brought on by the weather continue to be an increasingly common cause of motor vehicle accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, adverse weather conditions cause an estimated 1,500,000 motor vehicle accidents each year, resulting in over 629,000 injuries and 7,100 fatalities.
Reduced visibility conditions include those involving fog, dust and/or smoke and can become extremely dangerous to roadway travelers. In recent years, fog has become the most prevalent cause of reduced visibility accidents due to the fact that foggy conditions often distort a driver’s perception of speed and distance.
According to the Federal Highway Administration’s Road Weather Management Program, not only does fog lead to reduced visibility for drivers, but significantly alters traffic flow and vehicle operation. Given the severity of reduced visibility conditions, it is no surprise that fog causes an estimated 38,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. Of the number of accidents attributed to fog, 15,600 result in personal injury, while 600 result in premature fatality.
In order to avoid a potentially fatal collision caused by reduced visibility conditions such as fog, our Chicago truck accident lawyers recommend that drivers follow the following tips provided by Weather.com:
– Travel with headlights on the low beam setting to avoid impaired visibility – Reduce vehicle speed – Use vehicle’s wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility – Use road markings as your guide
– Remain patient and avoid passing other vehicles
Times of adverse weather conditions calls for drivers to exhibit the utmost standard of care when operating their vehicles in order to avoid harm to themselves, vehicle passengers, as well as, surrounding motor vehicles. Illinois trucking accidents caused by fog can be easily avoided when drivers take the proper steps to ensure travel safety.