Drunk drivers, distractions, poor weather – there are countless factors that can contribute to accidents. Sun glare can be particularly dangerous. It can unexpectedly blind drivers long enough to cause a tragic collision.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sun glare contributes to 3,000 crashes every year. However, irresponsible driving and human errors still play a role in most of these accidents.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid sun glare-related collisions:
- Clean your windows;
- Replace your wiper blades;
- Use sunglasses and visors;
- And reduce your speed.
If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact the Robson Law Firm. An accident lawyer in Austin will assess your case, interview witnesses, and structure your claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and noneconomic damages.
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Here are four tips that can help you avoid collisions due to sun glare:
- Clean Your Windows
Cleaning your windows is a simple task that can significantly reduce sun glare, according to the American Automobile Association. Remove loose dirt with a water hose, and then wash the windows with a soft, soapy cloth. A mild soap, such as dishwashing liquid, will clean the glass thoroughly.
Rinse the soap off with your hose, and then use a rubber blade to remove excess water. A final rub with a dry cloth will remove any streaks the soap may have left behind.
- Replace Your Wiper Blades
Newer wiper blades are significantly more effective for removing grime from your windshield. In fact, dirty or rusted blades can make sun glare worse. They can also leave permanent marks on your window, which reduce visibility.
- Use Sunglasses and Visors
Your visor can keep the sun out of your eyes for most of the day. If you are driving at dusk or dawn, then wear polarized sunglasses to help you avoid temporary blindness from glare.
- Reduce Your Speed
If the sun blinds you when rounding a corner, do not slam on your brakes or panic; rather, slow down gradually. Other drivers behind you may also be blinded by the sun, so they may not notice if you stop abruptly.
Reducing your speed carefully can help you avoid a rear-end collision. You can maintain a straight trajectory by using the white line on the right side of the road for guidance.
Although poor weather, sun glare, and other external hazards can contribute to accidents, these crashes are usually preventable. However, they can be deadly when combined with driver negligence.
If you suffered an injury in Texas due to another driver’s reckless actions, contact the Robson Law Firm. An Austin injury attorney will gather evidence, structure your claim, and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. If your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation.