Recently, foggy mornings are what residents in Dade and Broward Counties have been waking up to, from Weston east to Fort Lauderdale Beach, from Coral Springs south to the Miami Springs area. Drivers in these cities face these unpleasant driving conditions and due to the poor visibility, run the risk of being involved in serious or sometimes fatal accidents. With summer approaching, it is likely to experience driving through smoky areas as well.
In Florida, drought conditions can cause grass and shrubs to burn when a piece of glass or road debris ignite fires. These forest fires can smoke up roadways, and make driving a challenge for the daily commuters as well as unaware visitors. Our South Florida accident attorneys know that with foggy, wet and smoky conditions; come increased chances of serious or even fatal car accidents.
The Florida Highway Patrol provided the following tips for travelers driving in hazardous conditions:
a. Drive the posted limit when the visibility is poor due to foggy conditions or if the road is wet. Adjust your speed to road and weather conditions you’re your visibility is poor due to fog; SLOW DOWN
b. Unless it is an emergency, DO NOT; come to a complete stop on any roadway while driving in foggy or wet conditions.
c. Use low-beam headlights when driving in a fog not only helps your visibility penetrate the mist; it also helps make you more visible to other drivers.
d. Avoid lane changing maneuvers and open your window enough to listen for traffic.
e. Watch your speed. FHP reports that fogor smoke create a "visual illusion of slow motion" that may trick you into thinking you're driving slower than you are.
If you or a family member have been injured or a victim in a car accident due to poor weather or hazardous conditions, you should contact a South Florida personal injury attorney to discuss your rights.