Each year, there are over 5,870,000 auto accidents in the United States. Twenty-three percent of those wrecks (over a million!) are caused by hazardous weather and poor visibility.
When Weather Reduces Driving Visibility
Poor visibility can stem from a number of factors, including weather conditions such as fog, hail, sleet, freezing rain, snow, heavy rain, sun glare or smoke. Visibility is also remarkably impaired during dawn and dusk since the human eye has trouble adjusting to rapidly changing light and darkness.
Driving in poor visibility increases the potential for a serious car crash to occur. When driving in fog, for example, visibility can be reduced to as little as quarter of a mile ahead. Fog causes over 31,000 car wrecks each year.
Unfortunately, poor visibility often combines with driver negligence to cause a car accident. If a driver has dirty windshields or dirty headlights and therefore can’t see well in a storm, for instance, the potential for a wreck increases.
When Nighttime Driving Reduces Visibility
Make no mistake: auto accident occur at every hour of the day and night. However, nighttime driving poses additional risks for drivers.
Driving in the dark often means extremely poor visibility – particularly in areas where there is insufficient street lighting. Unfortunately, there are lots of areas throughout DFW – both on rural highways and residential neighborhoods – where there aren’t any street lights.
When there is poor visibility, it is the responsibility of every motorist to use additional care in order to avoid a collision with another vehicle. A driver driving down a dark road must adapt his driving in order to mitigate the additional hazards caused by poor lighting. If they do not, then they would be considered at-fault if they cause a crash.
Free Consultation With a Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in an auto collision where poor visibility was a factor, you should consult with a board certified Fort Worth personal injury attorney. If someone else’s negligence was to blame, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation to cover all your accident-related medical expenses, lost income, and various additional damages.