Research performed by the Federal Highway Administration’s Road Weather Management Program (RWMP) suggests that 1.3 million traffic accidents a year are weather-related. Although most of these accidents are caused by slick roads and wet pavement, the RWMP estimates that over 30 percent of these collisions result from poor visibility. This means that nearly 400,000 accidents a year happen because a driver was essentially blind when operating his vehicle.
Visibility is the main factor in safe driving. If you can’t see, you can’t avoid potential threats. Lack of clear visibility is a significant problem during times of torrential downpours, blizzards, thick fog, and even glaring sunshine. It is extremely important to recognize these visual risks of certain weather patterns so you can focus on driving.
- Glare and direct sunbeams can temporarily blind you or cause visual spotting
- Reflected light can cause confusion and irritation
- Mirage effect (waves on the horizon) can mimic blurred vision
- Thick fog can limit visibility to a few inches
- Since fog is made up of millions of water droplets, it reflects light very easily, decreasing visibility even more
- Mist reflections can distort shapes and light, making it difficult to judge distance
Snow and Heavy Rain
- Similar to fog, both snow and rain reflect light, making it difficult to see while also distorting images
- Sheet rain or blizzards can block light from passing through, decreasing your visibility depth
- The movement of rain and snow can cause confusion and distort visual aids, making it difficult to navigate as well as see cars and people ahead of you
- Both snow and rain can also dull color hues, making a monochromatic landscape. Although this isn’t dangerous in itself, it can make it more difficult to focus on certain objects since they no longer stand out
Accident Guidance When Visibility Fails
Weather can be extremely unpredictable and other drivers’ reactions to weather effects can create dangerous hazards at any time of year. However, if you and your family have suffered injuries due to a recent weather-related car accident caused by a negligent driver, we are here to help.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We know the ins and outs of car accident claims, and “the sun was in my eyes” or “I didn’t see you through the rain” are not viable excuses to keep you from getting the settlement you deserve from the driver who caused your accident. Call now to see how our car accident attorneys can help you and your family get the treatment, peace of mind, and injury compensation you rightfully deserve. Rain or shine, we’re here for you!