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Car Accidents Caused By Sun Glare

SunGlare

Florida drivers have to be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions, including sun glare. This can occur at certain times of the day, when the sun is at such an angle that it creates a strong glare on glass, including windshields. In some cases, this kind of bright light can cause temporary blindness and lead to serious accidents. Sun glare doesn’t alleviate a driver’s responsibility for causing an accident, so if another driver is attempting to avoid liability for a crash by claiming that it was caused by sun glare, consider reaching out to an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer for help seeking compensation for your losses.

Factors that Contribute to Sun Glare Accidents

Impaired vision can result in dangerous situations for drivers. Sun glare, for instance, is thought to be responsible for thousands of accidents every year, as it makes it much harder to see the road ahead as well as any potential hazards. Sun glare can happen in a wide range of situations, depending on the time of day, but tend to be particularly dangerous in certain locations. For instance, sun glare accidents often occur at intersections, when drivers can’t see traffic signals or the other vehicles around them. Sun glare accidents can also occur because:

  • A driver swerved into another lane because he or she couldn’t see the lane markers;
  • A driver who was blinded by the sun and veered into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision;
  • Sun glare impaired a driver’s ability to see another car’s brake lights in dense traffic, leading to a rear-end collision;
  • A driver, who was temporarily blinded by the sun, struck a passing pedestrian or cyclist; or
  • The sun hindered a motorist’s ability to see the road, causing him or her to strike another vehicle or fixed object.

Fortunately, there are certain precautions that drivers can take when driving into the sun to lower their chances of causing a collision.

Liability for Sun Glare Accidents

When a driver causes an accident and sun glare was a contributing factor, he or she could still be held liable for resulting injuries. While a driver can try to claim that the sun glare was out of his or her control, thereby eliminating liability for the crash, the reality is that because sun glare is a natural and foreseeable occurrence, drivers are required to be reasonably prepared for it. Drivers who don’t account for the potential dangers of sun glare by failing to use a vehicle’s sun visor, failing to keep their windshields clean, or forgetting to use polarized glasses to reduce glare, can be held liable for not taking reasonable precautions.

Set Up a Free Case Review with Our Legal Team Today

If you or a loved one were involved in a sun glare accident, call 954-566-9919 and schedule a meeting with one of the experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers at Boone & Davis. A member of our team is standing by to start working on your case.

Resource:

nces.ed.gov/FCSM/pdf/2005FCSM_Choi_Singh_IVA.pdf

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