Is Sun Glare A Good Defense For An Accident?

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Sun glare can be a problem at any time of the year, but when it is sunny out for longer, motorists are more likely to find the sun preventing them from seeing. If you are in an accident and the other motorist claims that the accident was the result of sun glare, you might wonder how this can affect liability when you are injured by that accident.

Motorist Are Responsible for Dealing With Driving Conditions

Typically, sun glare is not considered a good defense when you are responsible for an accident. The driver is expected to take steps to reduce sun glare so his or her driving isn't impeded. This can include cleaning the windshield, wearing polarized sunglasses, and leaving enough space between himself or herself and other cars. In extreme cases, a motorist might even avoid driving when the sun might obstruct his or her vision.

Accidents Affected By Sun Glare Can Be Horrific

Sun glare can still be a contributing factor in horrible injuries caused by car accidents. A driver might not see that a stoplight turned red and he or she might collide with your vehicle at an intersection. The driver might check his or her blind spot when changing lanes but fail to see your vehicle due to the sun glare. The motorist might also be unable to see your taillights and may collide with your vehicle.

You Must Still Craft a Good Case

If you are in a car accident, it's important to write down everything that happened and exchange contact information with witnesses. If the other driver is forced to argue that he or she couldn't see due to sun glare, this is a good sign that he or she doesn't have a better case. However, it's still important to craft the best possible case so you may receive maximum compensation.

For example, the other driver might be found fully at fault, but if you fail to adequately document your injuries and visit the doctor, you may only have a portion of your medical bills paid for. While the other motorist might try and fail to defend his or her driving by blaming sun glare, you may not receive the compensation you deserve.

For this reason, it's important to work with a personal injury attorney who can advise you on every step you should take to increase your chances of receiving full compensation. An attorney will also represent you in court if you are unable to settle out of court.

For more information, contact a personal injury attorney.