Sun Glare Car Accidents
A lot of drivers have experienced that momentary blindness from a supposed ally – the sun. Sun glares can obstruct driver vision for a few seconds. However, it only takes a few seconds for a ride home to turn into a car accident.
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sun glare causes a few hundred accidents in the US every year. Some other organizations like AAA dispute this. They believe that sun glare accidents are under reported because sun glare is rarely the sole cause of an accident.
Complexity of Sun Glare Auto Accidents
Sun glare accidents are complex because it is quite difficult to pinpoint the culprit; you cannot bring a claim against the sun for obstructing your view. Regardless of this, if you had an accident because of sun glare, you could be liable.
Even though the car accident was caused by sun glare, the driver who hit you can still be found negligent by not pulling over or not wearing sunglasses. Every driver should always be aware and recognize that sun glare is particularly bad in the mornings and just before dusk in Houston. As it turns out, the worst sun glare occurs during rush hour in November through February. Therefore, drivers need to be more cautious in these conditions, slow down and leave more room between you and the car ahead of you.
Situations that are normally easy to deal with, but are more difficult with sun glare include:
- Seeing red tail lights ahead of you, this can cause a rear-end accident;
- Pedestrians like students walking home from school may be hard to recognize when making right hand turns
- Cars in your blind spot are more difficult to see
- Sun glare on the road may make it harder to keep your lane
- Merging on and off freeways in rush is much more dangerous
Tips for Driving When Sun Glare is a Problem
- Use your car’s visor
- Keep your car clean especially your windshield
- Do not look directly into the sun as it makes it much harder to see
- Wear sunglasses, preferably those with polarized lenses that have a chemical filter which greatly reduces sun glare
- Consider an alternate driving route to prevent driving in more sunny areas
- Keep your headlights on, to make it easier for other drivers to see you
- Focus on the road lane lines
- Leave more space between your vehicle and other drivers
If you are injured in an auto collision where the other driver claims they were blinded by sun glare, do not simply accept their explanation at face value and suffer through a difficult recovery from your injuries without pursuing financial restitution. Even with the presence of sun glare, you can pursue a financial recovery through a personal injury claim.
Have Questions About the Claims Process? Speak to a Houston Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member were badly injured in an auto wreck caused by another driver who claims to have been temporarily blinded due to sun glare, do not hesitate to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in Houston. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. today to speak with a lawyer who can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.