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Car Accidents Caused by Sun In Eyes


When the sun is shining and the sky is clear, it is common to think it is a great day from driving because there is no rain or snow. While you will be able to avoid some weather dangers on sunny days, there are other issues. The sun itself creates its own traffic hazard because sun glare that gets in the eyes of a driver can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle.

If a driver crashes because of sun glare, they are liable for the damages. They cannot blame the sun itself. Accidents due to sun glare can result in injuries and damages, contact a Bucks County personal injury lawyer to discuss the details of your sun glare car accident.

How to Steer Clear of Sun Glare on the Road

Vision is an important component for driving safely. When a driver can see well, they are able to avoid road hazards, move their car around other vehicles, read traffic signs, and notice any alerts or warnings on the dashboard.

If there is sun glare, it can be difficult to see. To avoid this situation, try using the following ways to reduce sun glare in your vehicle:

  • Wear sunglasses, polarized are best.
  • Use the sun visors in your vehicle.
  • Keep your windshield clean.
  • Change route to avoid sun if possible.
  • Recognize time of day and avoid times when sun glare is at its worst.

Polarized sunglasses can be more beneficial than sunglasses that are not polarized because they are specially designed to reduce glare, including light bouncing off of water and glass. Read the labels on sunglasses or talk to someone at the store and request polarized lenses. Polarized lenses come in a variety of colors and are set in fashionable sunglass frames.

Schedule shifts can be especially helpful in reducing glare when driving as well. The issue is usually the most common in the hours following a sunrise and the hours prior to the sun setting.

Sun Glare and Driver Responsibility

A driver who causes a car accident is liable, even if sun glare contributed to the crash. Sun glare is not considered an extraordinary natural event that can’t be foreseen, which is what is needed to avoid liability. The event has to be something like a flood or an earthquake. A Bucks County personal injury lawyer can walk you through what falls under an “Act of God” event.

It is important you discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident with a lawyer because there are often many reasons that contribute to an accident. It could be a combination of sun glare, bad roads, and a reckless driver, for example. Each situation is unique so do not accept a settlement offer without having a legal professional review your options with you first.

When you are in a vehicle collision caused by weather or sun glare, you need to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand will work with you for the best possible outcome. Schedule your consultation today, call 215-968-6602.


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