Is the Driver Liable for a Sun Glare Car Accident?


When summer rolls around, we all thank the heaven for the sun. However, if you’ve ever had to drive directly into the blinding sun, you may have changed your position on this. Sun glare is a common cause of accidents in the country. It causes several hundred accidents annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Situations that are normally easy to deal with as a driver can become potentially dangerous when the sun is blinding you. These include:

  • Recognizing that the vehicle in front of you is slowing down. You may not be able to see the red taillights indicating that they are braking. This can result in a rear-end accident.
  • Seeing pedestrians walking on sidewalks making a right hand turn
  • Seeing cars in your blind spot. These become even more difficult to see when you are blinded by the glaring sun.
  • Seeing the lines that divide the road into lanes. You may therefore have difficulty keeping your vehicle in your lane.
  • Merging can become more difficult.

Complex cases

Sun glare car accidents are often considered complex cases. This is because it is difficult to determine who is liable. It is difficult to prove that the sun was obstructing your view. This means that even if there was glare, you could still be held liable for the accident.

If you are driving, it is important to be aware of sun glare and take the necessary steps to prevent accidents.

Avoiding sun glare car accidents

While you can’t control the position of the sun, there are various precautions you can take to ensure that the glaring sun does not become a contributing factor for a car wreck. These include:

  • Wearing polarized sunglasses. These will help to reduce the glare and make it easier for you to see.
  • Using the visor in your vehicle or wearing a brimmed hat when driving into the sun. This will help to prevent the sun from shinning directly into your face and blinding you.
  • Ensure that there is enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This will help to prevent rear-end accidents in case of sudden stops.
  • Turn on your headlights. This will enhance visibility for oncoming traffic. They may also be battling with glare and will be better able to make you out in these instances.

Ensure proper care and maintenance of your windshield. Over time, sand from snow removal vehicles can pit your windshield. Cracks can also exacerbate a sun glare vision issue. Take the time to replace your windshield before it becomes a problem or contributes to a car accident.

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