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Bright sunlight can pose a risk of auto crashes

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

People in Virginia may find it challenging to drive in bright sunlight, and some may operate their cars negligently despite poor visibility, leading to serious accidents and injuries. The glare of oncoming sun can be linked to traffic problems in the morning and the afternoon, but there are actions that people can take to protect themselves and others on the road from dangerous situations.

Good sunglasses can be critical to safely driving in strong sun glare. They can reduce UV rays to a driver’s eyes as well as dull excessive glare. In addition, the car sun visors are there for a reason. It can be important to position them as best as possible to block incoming sunlight through the front windshield or side windows. Because they are built-in equipment, they should not block a driver’s vision of the road ahead. Window tinting can also mitigate the effects of bright sunlight, but it’s important to verify state laws before moving forward with tint film. Some states prohibit vehicle windows that are overly dark or blackened.

Drivers also have a responsibility to drive responsibly and minimize the risk of a car accident. When possible, people can choose other times to drive; even a few minutes can make a difference. In addition, drivers can leave a larger space between their cars and those ahead. It’s particularly important to avoid tailgating or distracted driving in poor visibility. If it becomes impossible to see, it’s better to pull over or exit the road.

Unfortunately, some drivers fail to behave reasonably when in bright sunlight or other conditions that could lead to dangerous driving. People who have been injured in a motor vehicle crash due to a negligent driver might work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for their damages, including medical bills and lost wages.