Michigan Fog Causes Devastating Car Crash

Michigan Fog Causes Devastating Car Crash

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October 22, 2019
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Authorities believe that a recent fatal car accident in Michigan was precipitated by heavy morning fog. Michigan sees its share of serious weather, and fog is just one example. The crash left one man dead and left two other people injured. Inclement weather, such as fog, leads to dangerous driving conditions that can prove deadly. 

When a driver gets behind the wheel of his or her vehicle, that driver takes on the responsibility of driving safely based on the road’s current conditions. This includes taking inclement weather into careful consideration. If another driver fails to make adjustments for fog or serious weather, you might sustain serious injuries in a resulting crash. You should always consult with an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer about your rights. 

The Deadly Accident

The fatal car accident occurred at 7:30 AM on Monday, August 19, at the intersection of Nottawa Road and Prairie Corners Road in St. Joseph County, Michigan. That morning, the heavy fog present apparently caused a 60-year-old motorist to miss a stop sign at the intersection and, therefore, to continue traveling through that intersection. In the process, his vehicle was struck by another vehicle that was driven by a 36-year-old man. The 60-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while his 67-year-old female passenger was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The younger motorist was treated for minor injuries at the crash site. The accident remains under investigation. 

Driving in Inclement Weather

Drivers are responsible for always adhering to the rules of the road, but these rules change when bad weather such as fog affects driving conditions. The posted speed limit on any given road applies only to driving under good conditions. Every driver is responsible for adjusting his or her speed and driving practices according to the conditions on the ground. 

Adverse Driving Conditions

Many factors can adversely affect driving conditions, and motorists must adjust their driving accordingly. These conditions can include:

  • Roads made slippery by rain, ice, snow, sleet, debris, or anything else
  • Visibility that is reduced by fog, blowing snow, heavy rain, or smoke
  • Roads rendered inferior by wear, cracks, potholes, and other kinds of damage
  • Roads rendered dangerous by poor lighting, poor or inadequate signage, poorly executed road construction, and more

Again, a driver who is traveling at the posted speed limit is not necessarily driving safely and responsibly. In fact, poor road conditions can require motorists to reduce their speed dramatically, and motorists should never drive faster than visibility safely allows. 

If Another Driver’s Negligence Leaves You Injured, Contact an Experienced Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Motorists are responsible for driving safely, regardless of the condition of the road upon which they travel. If another motorist’s negligence leaves you injured, the dedicated legal team at Nickola Law in Michigan is on your side. Our skilled personal injury attorneys have the experience, commitment, and knowledge to guide your case toward its most positive resolution. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us today. 

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