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Fall rain and fog make driving conditions unsafe

Weather conditions at this time of year are dangerous for drivers, especially when it's foggy outside and visibility is greatly reduced.
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    December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Fall is a great season for many people, with the cooler weather and beautiful colors. However, fall is winding down and winter is quickly beginning to set in. Weather conditions at this time of year are dangerous for drivers, especially when it's foggy outside and visibility is greatly reduced. It can be terrifying to drive in heavy fog and not be able to see more than a car or two ahead. People who drive in the fog and rain need to be extra cautious in order to prevent a potentially deadly accident.

Car accidents are a particular problem in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Transportation says that car crashes kill more people in our state than homicides every year, and nearly all of them are preventable.

The National Safety Council warns that speeding contributes to a great amount of crashes nationwide, no matter what the weather is like. One out of every three crashes can be attributed to speeding. People can be cited for driving too fast for road conditions even when they're not going above the speed limit, if the weather is poor. If it's foggy or rainy outside, forget rushing to your destination: taking it slow and easy is the best way to play it safe.

Last year's accidents are a lesson for this year

Thick fog was the cause of a string of accidents in Maryland last winter, said WBAL. In early December, someone was killed when an SUV became trapped underneath a tractor-trailer on I-95 in Harford County. Authorities blamed several other accidents across the area on the dense fog that covered Maryland roadways during morning rush hour traffic.

TeensHealth offers some bad-weather driving tips that everyone can benefit from:
- Keep headlights on when there's low visibility, but don't turn on the high beams in foggy conditions.
- Increase the following distance from the car in front to allow more braking time in an emergency.
- Decrease speed when it's foggy, rainy or snowy.
- Be aware of road conditions at all times.
- Be cautious when approaching intersections.

Of course, the best way to avoid getting into an accident is to avoid driving in bad weather, if at all possible.

Contacting an attorney

It won't be possible at all times to stay indoors when the weather has turned bad, just as it isn't possible to avoid all accidents. Keeping safety in mind and slowing down can help to protect you as well as others on the road. If, however, you have been in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, the other driver may be held responsible for your medical expenses and other losses. If you or a loved one has been hurt, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away to discuss your options.

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