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As the season changes, and moisture is in the morning air, fog is the latest issue that drivers are facing. Speeds are going up because the snow is gone, or at least nearing the end. But, fog is as close to blackout conditions as you can get.

This weekend, there have been multiple accidents in the St Cloud area. Two people have died and many others are severely injured. Fog is nothing to take lightly. The Weather Channel put together a great set of tips to keep in mind:

    • Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more.

    • Reduce your speed — and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding.

    • Listen for traffic you cannot see. Open your window a little, to hear better.

    • Use wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility.

    • Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.

    • Be patient. Do not pass lines of traffic.

    • Do not stop on a freeway or heavily traveled road. If your car stalls or becomes disabled, turn your vehicle’s lights off, and take your foot off of the brake pedal. People tend to follow tail lights when driving in fog. Move away from the vehicle to avoid injury.

As with any weather related collision, it is important that investigation be done early. Insurance companies will blame the conditions and work to relieve defendants of their role in causing the problem. Issues such as what lights were on and what was the reason the driver was there all come into play. If you or a love one is injured, it’s important that you talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will know what to do and how to protect you.

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