Accidents from Glare a Serious Threat – Even in Winter!
Updated September 2022
Every day, thousands of car accidents occur throughout the US for a multitude of reasons. However, and perhaps surprisingly, some studies indicate that as many as half of all traffic accidents involved sun glare as a cause. And while a majority of sun glare accidents occur in the early spring and fall when the sun sets directly west, glare off of icy and snowy roads during the depths of winter is also a noticeable threat.
Historically, sun glare accidents are especially dangerous because they typically occur when the weather is seemingly great and, consequently, drivers are less wary of environmental driving hazards. Many glare accidents involve multiple vehicles for exactly this reason.
Likewise, glare accidents often involve pedestrians whom drivers claim they just “never saw.” Naturally, when the bright sun hits a driver’s windshield at just the right angle, their ability to see a pedestrian on or near the road is dramatically reduced.
Here are a few tips to reduce the possibility of a mid-winter accident caused by glare:
- Be aware! If the sun is bright, heighten your attention to the road, other drivers, and the possibility of pedestrians.
- Keep a quality pair of sunglasses accessible in your car.
- Avoid using an interior polish on your dashboard that leaves a shiny residue. Matte and non-glare products are available for just this purpose.
- Be sure to check your windshield washer fluid regularly.
- Clean your windshield frequently, including the inside.
If you or anyone you know has been injured in an automobile accident of any kind, the attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, have a wealth of experience in dealing with insurance companies and in protecting your right to receive the compensation you’re entitled to. Our attorneys handle all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving automobiles, motorcycles, and all types of truck accidents. Contact us today for a free case evaluation by calling 1-800-LAW-1010 (1-800-529-1010). We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call or use our convenient online contact form here.