As the weather gets colder, our weather changes and can become even more unpredictable. Whether it is on the daily commute or going to see friends and relatives during the holidays, rain, sleet, snow and even fog can play a significant role in driving safety and can increase the chance of getting into an accident.
That is what happened early Wednesday morning when a woman crashed her jeep into a street sweeping vehicle leaving one man injured.
In an article that appeared on the Chron.com website, the crash happened at approximately 2:20 a.m. on North Freeway at Richey Road in North Harris County. Not only did the thick fog that morning obscure the woman’s view but the dust that the sweeping vehicle threw off also contributed to the crash.
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find the woman’s Jeep Wrangler lodged behind the sweeper. The woman driving the vehicle was uninjured in the collision.
Authorities indicate that the man who had been driving the street sweeper was injured in the accident and was transported to Northwest Hospital where he was treated for neck and back injuries.
A special wrecker had to pry the two vehicles apart in order to clear the scene.
While poor visibility due to fog and dust were determined to have played a significant role in the crash, investigators believe that speed may also have been a factor.
When driving in fog or other weather conditions where visibility is poor, there are ways to lessen getting into an accident. Some of the precautions that driving and safety experts recommend doing are:
- Reduce your speed. In addition, it is also a good idea never to use cruise control when road conditions are less than ideal.
- Use your low beams in foggy conditions. Fog is highly reflective and high beams can reduce your visibility even more.
- Turn on your defroster and windshield wipers to increase your visibility as much as possible.
- Don’t tailgate other vehicles in front of you. If necessary use road markings in order to help you stay in your lane or on your side of the road.
- Avoid the temptation to pass other vehicles in the fog.
- Except in cases of an emergency, try to avoid going out on the road until the fog lifts or dissipates.
If you live in Houston or within Harris County and have gotten into an accident, having an attorney who will look after your best interests is important. If you or a loved one has been hurt, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills or damages you may have incurred in your accident.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and legal analysis and find out how we can help.