The long days of summer are just around the corner. Driving in bright, sunny weather may seem ideal, but sun glare can have a real impact on a driver’s ability to see the road ahead. According to a research study published in 2017, bright sunlight increases the risk of life-threatening motor vehicle accidents by 16 percent. That risk exists throughout the daylight hours.
Like the glare reflected off the headlights of other cars in the evening, sun glare can obscure a driver’s view of the road, oncoming traffic, and nearby pedestrians. Sun glare increases the risk of crashes when drivers:
It may be hard to believe that something as innocuous as sunlight can lead to life-altering injuries. Yet, when vehicles are traveling at high speeds with minimal or no visibility, driving safe is nearly impossible. There is simply no time to slow down or avoid a crash. Injuries to the head, neck, and spine are among the most serious after a sun glare accident. Many injuries are not immediately visible. Whiplash is common in rear-end crashes and may take a while to show symptoms.
In the United States, every driver has a duty of care to drive responsibly. Responsible driving includes driving sober, alert, awake, and in accordance with traffic laws. When it comes to sun glare, a driver has a duty of care to either slow down or pull over if bright sunlight obscures or limits their view in any way. While every case is unique, sun glare would not excuse liability if a driver hit another car or pedestrian because they could not see the road ahead.
Like victims injured by aggressive, distracted, or reckless drivers, individuals harmed by a driver impacted by sun glare are entitled to bring a personal injury claim to recover compensation for damages. Damages may include:
Anyone injured in a car accident caused by another’s negligence should consult an experienced car accident lawyer to learn about the legal remedies available for their injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, the Asbury Park car accident lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. help victims pursue damages for devastating injuries. To discuss your situation, call us at 732-493-9400 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Located in Eatontown, New Jersey, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, Asbury Park, Neptune, Long Branch, Keansburg, Ocean Township, Eatontown, Red Bank, Middletown, Colts Neck, Deal, Freehold, Holmdel, Jackson, Little Silver, Marlboro, and Rumson.