When a truck driver hits a patch of dense fog on I-90 near Rockford, he is virtually blind—unable to see much past the hood of his rig. This is an extremely dangerous condition, dramatically increasing the risk of a truck wreck.
What Causes Fog?
Fog is a cloud—made up of heavy droplets of water—that forms at ground level when air cools off and is no longer able to hold the water vapor. It forms under the following conditions:
- When rain cools and moistens the air near the surface of the ground
- When warm, humid air masses above land and water cool off overnight
- When warm, moist air blows over a cool surface such as snow or ice
Why Is Fog Dangerous?
Fog is dangerous because it means that drivers cannot see very far in front of them. In fact, in dense fog, drivers may have less than one-quarter-mile visibility. While this is dangerous for any driver, it is especially dangerous when the driver of an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer cannot see any cars in his path.
What Should Drivers Do?
Fog forms most often in the early morning hours—often during rush hour. It can occur rapidly and without much warning. In dense fog, drivers should pull off the road and wait for visibility to improve. If that is not possible, drivers should drastically reduce their speed so they have time to react to road hazards.
Fog is a weather condition that has contributed to many deadly truck accidents in the past. If you have been hurt in a truck accident caused by the negligence of a trucker, contact the attorneys at The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm. Compassionate and experienced, they will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage.