Southern California is known for having sunny weather all year round – even in February. However, in some situations, having the sun out all day can be bothersome and even dangerous. While rainy weather is known for causing auto accidents due to slippery roads and impaired vision, sunny weather can create obstacles, too.
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sun glare, an incident that occurs when the sun temporarily blinds drivers and impairs their ability to see the road, only causes a few hundred accidents in the U.S. a year. However, other organizations believe sun glare accidents to be underreported.
While sun glare may be a contributing factor to a car accident, there is no law that excuses drivers from liability due to sun glare. All drivers who share the road are responsible for driving safely, even in dangerous weather conditions.
When Sun Glare Can Be Dangerous
Almost everyone who drives in sunny states like California will experience sun glare, but it can be more dangerous in certain situations.
Sun glare may contribute to car accidents if:
- You’re in rush hour: Being so close to other cars means that stopping just a few seconds later than intended can result in you rear-ending the car in front of you.
- Pedestrians are around: Pedestrians may run suddenly across the street or use a crosswalk, assuming you’re able to see them and stop. Sun glare can prevent you from detecting individuals in front of you.
Safety Tips for Driving in the Sun
Driving on a sunny day can interfere with your ability to see the road clearly in various ways. For instance, side mirrors, windows, and dirty windshields can reflect sun glare back into your vision. It’s important to know that because sun glare won’t relieve you of blame in an accident, you must take care to protect yourself while driving.
Several safety tips for driving on a particularly bright day include:
- Keeping your dashboard/windshield clean: Dirty windshields will make sun glare worse and nearly impossible for you to see.
- Wearing polarized sunglasses: These special types of lenses reflect the glare away from you, enabling you to navigate the road safely.
- Having an alternate route available: Is there a particular stretch of highway or road that always give you a difficult time with the sun? If it’s a major issue, consider taking a different route to reach your destination.
Helping You Navigate Insurance Companies & Personal Injury Claims
For anyone who has been in a car accident, figuring out who you should contact and how much information you should collect can be confusing. What can make the situation even more complicated is if another driver was responsible for the accident and you want to file a personal injury claim. Our lawyers at Tedford & Associates are available to lead you through the legal system and understand your options. We make your situation clear so you don’t have to wonder whether you’re missing information, or whether you’re making the wrong choice.
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