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Low visibility and traffic accidents

You face many different risks behind the wheel, whether a drunk driver collides with your vehicle or someone causes a crash because they are speeding, distracted or drowsy. Weather plays a role in many motor vehicle collisions and it is important to understand how low visibility can lead to a crash.

Sadly, even if you exhibit caution and drive carefully during periods of low visibility, or other weather-related concerns, another driver could cause an accident if they are traveling too fast or not paying attention.

How does low visibility cause traffic accidents?

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles covers some of the traffic accident risks associated with low visibility. Poor visibility occurs for various reasons, whether it is foggy, raining heavily or there is smoke on the road. Low visibility can prevent a driver from seeing other vehicles or hazards on the road and this is especially dangerous around sharp turns. Sometimes, poor visibility involves other road hazards, such as wet pavement that can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle.

How can drivers avoid traffic accidents during low visibility?

If visibility is very poor, it is often a good idea to stay off of the road altogether. However, those who drive should keep a number of tips in mind. Stopping in the middle of the road can lead to a crash involving multiple vehicles, so pull as far away from the road as you can if you decide to stop. Avoid distractions, try to keep windows clear, drive slower and use low beam headlights.