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Headlight Use Is An Important Part Of Staying Safe


In order to drive safely, it is essential the driver can see traffic signs and the roadway. Additionally, others on the road need to see you and your car or truck. For these reasons and others, it’s important to use your headlights when it is nighttime or when weather darkens the skies. Driving a vehicle in dark conditions without lights is extremely dangerous. Crashes and injuries are possible.

Many of the vehicles currently on the road have automatic headlights. Essentially, this means if the car lights are on an auto setting, the vehicle will illuminate the lights whenever the surroundings are dark enough to require headlight use. But, naturally, there are still older vehicles on the road that require the driver to turn the lights on. If you were involved in an accident because another car was not illuminated properly, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney.

Pennsylvania Rules for Headlights, High Beams, and Hazards

Each U.S. state carries its own rules and laws surrounding  headlights, high beams, and hazard light use. While many of the guidelines overlap, it is important to understand the rules of the area in which you live.

For example, in Pennsylvania the rule is that you must have your headlights of your vehicle illuminated from sunset to sunrise. But in New Jersey, the rule is a bit different. In New Jersey, headlights need to be illuminated from a half hour after sunset until a half hour before sunrise.  And in both states, headlights should be on when windshield wipers are in use.

High beams are an important tool when an area is particularly dark, but to safely navigate roads with other drivers, they must be dimmed when traffic is approaching. Hazard lights can be helpful when a vehicle is having an issue and needs to alert others.

Reasons Why Lights Are Required During Rain

When the weather shifts, you may not realize how dangerous the environment has become. Using your lights during foggy conditions helps others on the road see you and promotes your own visibility. Decreased visibility is also an issue during rainstorms.

Similarly, lights need to be used when driving in a tunnel. If you have automatic headlights, you may have noticed they illuminate on their own when you enter a tunnel or drive into an  underground parking area.

After an accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, whether there was bad weather or not, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney to strengthen your personal injury claim.

How did insufficient illumination lead to your car accident? If you have property damage and injury following a collision, talk to a lawyer. You may have a right to a larger financial amount if the accident was caused by another’s negligence. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.

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