First Week Of Spring Reminds Drivers The Sun's Rays Are Getting Stronger


March 31, 2017

Drivers should be aware of the potential for the problems solar glare creates. The rising and setting sun can blind a driver. A blinded driver endangers everyone around them, including themselves. Fighting the sun can be risky. Drivers must learn how to handle the blinding sun and safely. Montlick & Associates has represented thousands of auto accident victims in Georgia and throughout the Southeastern United States. Consider choosing Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law to represent you or a loved one who suffered injuries as a result of another driver's negligence.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has many recommendations to safely navigate through the rising or the setting sun that is causing solar glare and blindness. Some of these ideas are fairly sensible but are worth discussing because we forget, until it is too late, that the sun can blind drivers and lead to horrific consequences. AAA suggests:

  • Purchasing a pair of polarizing sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses help reduce the effects of solar glare;
  • Using the vehicle's sun visor. Some visors are better than others because they extend and can cover more of the windshield or windows. This must be balanced with the need to have an unobstructed view out of the windshield or window.
  • Leave plenty of room between the cars in front of you. Solar glare obscures break lights and renders then invisible. Driving too close to the car in front of you may prevent you from stopping in time.
  • Using your headlights. The headlights of your car can be observed through a solar glare, thus allowing for cars traveling in the opposite direction to see you. Your headlights will make you more visible to the car in front of you too because the driver can see your lights in the rear view or side view mirrors.
  • Make sure that your windshield and windows are clean and in good repair. Dirty, broken, chipped or pucked windows refract the light coming through the windshield toward your eyes. This can make it harder to see.
  • Storing papers on your dashboard can intensify the effect of solar glare. Remove them.
  • In a true panic situation, look to the road markings to help guide. Looking down toward the road will reduce the amount of sun in your eyes and will quickly let you know where you are on the road.

Drivers who try to fight the sun's rays may be liable for any damages they cause in a car crash. Every driver in every state in the U.S. owes a duty of care to other drivers around them, as well as pedestrians, motorcyclists, and truck drivers. Even if solar glare temporarily blinds a driver, they still must drive carefully. Simply because a person could not see for a moment does not mean they are not liable for the harm they cause. For example, if a driver is distracted by a cellphone or playing with the radio and drives into solar glare, he or she might be caught off guard and cause an accident. The act of looking away from the road and momentarily not paying attention can make the difference between reacting timely and hitting someone. Additionally, if drivers encounter solar glare in an area known for pedestrian traffic, the driver must use caution to avoid hitting a person who is crossing the street.

If you have been injured in a traffic or pedestrian accident, you should not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited time to pursue a claim. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. 

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