Most people have, at some point in their lives, experienced how blinding the sun can be if its rays shine directly into your eyes. This can be especially problematic when you are behind the wheel of a car.
There are a number of factors that can make driving into the sun â€“ an already difficult driving scenario â€“ worse. These factors include driving on a street running east and west, sun glare from any snowfall, dirt and grime accumulations on your windshield, and light-colored dashboards.
The chances of encountering dangerous sun glare conditions are heightened in fall and winter when the trees have fewer leaves on them and the sun sets earlier in the evening.
Despite the fact that the position of the sun is not something the ordinary motorist can control, the New York Court of Appeals has determined that sun glare is not a valid excuse for a motor vehicle accident, especially one with a pedestrian.
Avoiding Car Accidents Caused by Sun Glare
Although you may not be able to control the position of the sun, there are a number of precautions you can take to prevent the sun from causing an accident.
- Utilize polarized sunglasses, which help to reduce glare from the sun.
- Use your vehicle’s visor or wear a brimmed hat to prevent the sun from shining directly into your eyes.
- Leave more space between yourself and other drivers on the road to help prevent accidents caused by sudden stops.
- Drive with your headlights on to enhance your visibility to other drivers who may be battling sun glare as well.
- Take care of your windshield by making sure it is clean inside and out, as well as free from cracks and dings.
- If you find that your visibility is limited because of the glare, try to follow the lines on the side of the road to guide you ensure that you stay in your lane.
Injured in a Car Accident Caused by Sun Glare?
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused byÂ sun glare, it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. If you’ve been injured in theÂ Albany, Johnstown, Saugerties, Amsterdam, Catskill, Gloversville, Hudson orÂ Capital District regions, contact the personal injury lawyers at Maynard Injury Law for a free consultation and case review.
Our team of personal injury lawyers understands the unique legal issues involved in automobile accidents and isÂ here to assist you. With extensive experience successfully handing past personal injury cases, we can help to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to following your involvement in an automobile accident.
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Editorâ€™s Note: This content was originally published in 2015, but has been updated as of December 2017.Â