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Dense fog causes accident near Broward County

January 20, 2011

The Sun-Sentinel reports that a serious car accident occurred along Alligator Alley as a tractor-trailer hit a car causing it to spin out of control and slam into an SUV. According to witnesses, traffic was nearly stopped because of poor visibility, but the trucker was still going 60 to 70 miles per hour. Although the people in the SUV appeared to be OK, the man and women in the car are said to have suffered serious injuries. Florida Highway Patrol had began closing portions of I-75 and U.S. 27 from Griffin Road in Broward to South Bay in Palm Beach County at around 6:30 that morning due to the poor viability in the area.

Areas of Miami and Fort Lauderdale have been under dense fog advisory for several days now. With the number of car accidents that occur in South Florida, it is important to take precautions when driving. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2004 and 2008, there were 662 fatalities from Florida car accident as well as an average of 702 non-fatal accidents per day in 2006.
In order to prevent a car accident while driving in dense fog, attorney Joseph M. Maus recommends the following:

• Try and maintain a slow and constant speed
• Always use fog lights and low beams
• Use windshield wipers and defroster to keep windows clear
• Use turn signals early when switching lanes
• Never slam on your brakes

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