South Florida is undeniably beautiful, with its warm weather and sunshine that draws people to want to live and vacation here. However, with the sunshine comes some glaring dangers. Sometimes the harsh glare of the sun can affect a driver’s ability to see well.
Here is the glaring truth about cars, drivers, and the sun:
- The sun’s rays can temporarily blind a driver when the sunlight hits their windshields. This is called the white-out effect.
- Indirect sunlight can reflect off of another object and come into the car at an angle and impair a driver’s eyesight.
- A dirty windshield only magnifies the problem—magnifying every smudge and streak—causing drivers to see the dirt from the windshield instead of the road ahead.
- The sunset can cast shadows in the road that makes it harder for motorists to see.
- The glare from the sun is worse an hour before sunset or an hour after sunrise—typically this is during rush hour commute times.
- The glare from the sunset can be worse in the spring due to the equinox.
- The glare isn’t only a problem when driving into the sun; it can blind motorists when it’s behind them, as it will reflect off of signal lights and make them appear the same color.
- The sun’s rays can alert a driver’s vision and cause him or her to crash.
Because the bright sunshine can impair a driver’s vision and ability to drive safely, drivers affected by the glare of the sun have been involved in car accidents in South Florida. Unfortunately, cars aren’t the only objects that drivers crash into. The harsh reality is that drivers affected by the sun have a harder time seeing pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Because there aren’t steel cages protecting cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists in collisions, the injuries they suffer tend to be catastrophic or fatal.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by a driver with a dirty windshield who was affected by the sun’s rays, you need to talk with an experienced South Florida accident attorney at the Law Office of David Benenfeld [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation.