California enters its fog season in the fall and wintertime. In the Central Valley, between the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, a dangerous form of fog called a Tule fog can form, which is one of the leading causes of weather-related car accidents in California.
Our car accident attorneys know that fog decreases visibility while driving, which can seriously increase the risk of an auto accident occurring especially if the automobile driver is not being careful or attentive. The Tule fog tends to reduce visibility by less than an eighth of a mile, which is 600 feet. However, visibility can become less than ten feet, as we can see in a November 2007 car accident that involved more than 100 cars!
This 100 automobile accident occurred on northbound Highway 99 just south of Fresno, California. According to a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, there was only about two feet of visibility in the fog when the multiple car accidents occurred around 7:45 a.m.
One car driver running into another caused an enormous chain reaction that ultimately ended up with two deaths and dozens of injuries. A six year old boy who was a passenger of a car and a 28 year old man in another car experienced wrongful deaths. Eighteen big rig trucks were also involved in the auto accident, with one carrying live turkeys, probably for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Car drivers and passengers were stranded on the backed up northbound freeway for hours after the accident. Highway 99 has seen another car accident almost a decade ago that involved 74 cars, all due to the dangerous Tule fog.
As car accident lawyers, we know the dangers that low visibility can bring. The normal “two second rule” between cars does not apply when visibility is so low. In the 2007 car accident, it is unclear that anything could have been done to avoid this terrible auto accident, since the visibility was so low, but in normal fog, it is worth it to slow down so you have a greater chance of avoiding personal injuries from an accident.
Aside from slowing doww during tule fog, the number one thing you can do is make sure you and your family are covered by the best auto insurance policy that you can afford.
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