We all hate it: that short period of time late in the day when the sun is resting directly on the horizon — and we’re driving straight for it. The sun’s glare can make driving a lot more dangerous because it makes other objects and vehicles much more difficult to see, especially when our eyes are strained even when we’re wearing sunglasses. What’s worse? The effect most often occurs when the most cars are on the road.
The number of accidents that occur as a result of sun glare increases in both fall and winter because of how the sun reflects, especially on snow. It can make the day seem a whole lot brighter.
Here’s what you need to know about accidents caused by a sun’s glare:
You can still sue for personal injury if another person was at fault — the sun’s glare is not a valid defense, and whoever was responsible for causing the car accident is still liable for damages that result. If you were at fault for an accident, then you should contact a personal injury attorney right away. Limit what you say to law enforcement until you do. Make sure you’ve documented the scene of the accident and keep copious records of all the bills that result from medical expenses.
In the future there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the chance an accident will occur because of the sun’s glare:
Whenever the sun is at its brightest, be sure to wear sunglasses to reduce the impact and strain on your eyes. This won’t completely eliminate the effects from the sun’s glare, so you’ll still need to be careful on the road.
If the sun is directly behind you, be sure to flip the rear-view mirror to polarized mode to keep the sun’s rays from reflecting into your eyes.
You know those trinkets that hang from your rear-view mirror? Get rid of them — especially those idiotic prisms that reflect light in all directions. Not only are they sometimes illegal, but you’re basically asking for an accident. Don’t take unnecessary risks.
Whenever possible, try not to be on the road during times where the sun is at its lowest or in its most reflective state.
When you cannot find a clear view of the road or the cars in front of you, then pull over when it is safe to do so. Staying on the road is not worth the risk. Usually you will only have to wait for a few minutes until the sun has moved sufficiently out of the way so that glare is significantly reduced.