Studies show that traffic accident risks increase by 16 percent during the early morning and afternoon hours in New Jersey and across the United States. This spike occurs because of the bright sunlight that can cause visual illusions during the sunrise and sunset. Taking steps to drive safely during these times can help to keep pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle passengers safe.
For starters, sunglasses can improve driving safety during bright sunlight. These work by blocking a portion of the light that reaches the eyes. Sunglasses also block harmful UV rays, which can damage vision over time. Sun visors can act similarly as sunglasses. Most vehicles are equipped with sun visors that can be positioned to block the sun at certain times of the day. Sun visors are designed to block the rays of the sun without hindering vision.
Window tinting is also helpful at reducing the glare from the sun's rays. Tint is a thin layer of plastic film that darkens the windows of a vehicle. Regulations on how dark a tint can be vary from state to state, so it's important to always check the local rules before getting an installation. Of course, the safest option is to avoid driving during sunrise and sunset. If driving must occur during these hours, leave a larger space between vehicles and pull off to the side of the road when the light becomes too bright.
Car accidents that occur during early morning and late afternoon hours can lead to serious injuries, costly medical bills, loss of wages and even death. If such an accident is caused by negligence, a lawyer could help the victim fight for compensation.