Missouri drivers have all had to deal with it at one point or another: driving into the glaring sun. Even with visors, sun glare can be blinding and a potential recipe for disaster in traffic. It only takes one moment of not being able to see to cause an accident that injures or even kills someone.
Sun glare is unavoidable, so who is to blame for a car accident? Can a driver use this as an excuse to avoid liability?
Even though sun glare cannot be avoided, the fact is that if a driver causes an accident because of it, they can still be held liable. It is not a defense to claim that an accident happened because the sun was in the driver’s eyes and they couldn’t see. Part of a driver’s duty of care is to exercise caution no matter what the weather or environmental conditions are like. While most people consider weather conditions like snow, rain, and fog when they think of dangerous times to drive, that doesn’t mean that dangers don’t exist on a clear day.
Protecting Yourself from Sun Glare
While the problem of sun glare will never be completely solved, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from sun glare while driving. These include:
- Taking alternate routes to avoid driving during particularly sunny times (such as driving into the setting sun during rush hour)
- Keeping your front and back windshields clean and spotless
- Wearing polarized sunglasses, which can cut down on glare
Consult a Car Accident Lawyer in Springfield, MO
If you were injured in a collision and have questions about your rights, we invite you to contact Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. to discuss your potential case with a Springfield car accident attorney. We would be happy to review your case and help you understand your options. Fill out our online consultation form or call us at (417) 855-2022.