Simple Solutions to Sun Glare Can Help Drivers Save a Life
Abundant sunshine as a contributing factor to automobile crashes? It almost defies conventional logic, but there are no shortage of studies and news stories that show how sun glare across the windshield can temporarily blind a driver and cause a tragic accident. What’s more, a recent study found that bright sunlight can even create “visual illusions” that cause drivers to miscalculate distance. Fortunately, the legal team at Monge & Associates is well-versed on the dangers of sun glare and hopes to offer insight on the issue for motorists hitting the road this spring.
According to a 2017 study in the Maryland-based industry journal Medicine, sun glare was at its worst in the early-afternoon hours. “The risk of a life-threatening crash was 16 percent higher during bright sunlight than normal weather,” the study states. All told, the study found that increasing awareness surrounding sun glare could help drivers be more cognizant of the possible risks despite their obstructed vision. Scott Monge, attorney at law with Monge & Associates, says that scientific backing of real-world incidents is evidence enough to prove that cautious driving should be adopted.
“Sun glare is a very real concern for drivers here in sunny Georgia,” said Scott Monge, attorney at law. “With spring now in full-swing, we’re certain that these types of accidents are going to skyrocket.”
A look at recent headlines reveals that accidents can occur despite the best efforts of motorists to avoid them. According to a January 2018 article in the Orlando Sentinel, a former Osceola County politician who was riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a driver who “could barely see because of glare of the sun.” Moreover, the driver was cited for careless driving and has had to make mandatory court appearances “because the crash resulted in a death,” according to the newspaper. At Monge & Associates, the prevailing belief is that it’s better to make those appearances with a knowledgeable lawyer representing you than trying to explain to the judge how you simply couldn’t see at the time of the crash.
What can drivers concerned about sun glare do? Two simple solutions to improving vision are to pull over and wait for conditions to improve or seek out a pair of specially-designed driving sun glasses. The former method costs nothing except a few minutes of time while the latter with ultraviolet ray protection can easily be purchased online.
If you’ve been involved in a car crash and suspect poor visibility was at play, it’s best to consult the legal team at Monge and Associates to gather evidence and interview witnesses who can support your claims. Accidents happen, but victims shouldn’t have to shoulder the cost of medical fees if another party was at fault.
Monge & Associates, located in Atlanta, Georgia, can assist clients recovering from auto accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, nursing home neglect, workers’ compensation cases, and much more.