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Driving In Fog or Smoke


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There have been a number of deadly accidents across the country recently that have been blamed on fog and/or smoke. The Baumgartner Law Firm has been involved in some very high profile truck accident lawsuits involving limited visibility by truckers.  What follows is a list of driving do’s and don’ts if you find yourself in fog and or smoke while driving.

 

◦Slow down immediately and find a safe place to pull off the road

◦Leave more stopping room between your vehicle and the others around you

◦Don’t cross lanes suddenly

◦Use both your windshield wipers and defroster to keep your field of vision clear

◦Keep your window cracked or down so you can listen to traffic around you as well as look for it

◦Be on guard for slow moving vehicles

◦Drive with your low-beam headlights on

◦Don’t drive distracted – turn off electronic devices, radios, etc.

◦Use the painted road markers as a guide

◦Don’t drive with just your parking, high-beams or hazard lights on.

◦Don’t stop in the middle of the road.

◦If the fog or smoke reduces visibility completely then pull completely off the road when it is safe to do so.

*Use your turn signals to notify other drivers of your intentions Turn off the engine and turn on your hazard lights. If possible – exit the vehicle and move away from the road.

 

Your best bet is to get off at the next exit and stay somewhere for the time being.

 

Greg Baumgartner is an Austin personal injury attorney and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, a Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free no obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney in Austin call the Baumgartner law firm at 281-587-1111.

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