People recognize that many risk factors contribute to motor vehicle collisions, from driver fatigue to the use of illicit substances and alcohol. It is also important to be aware of some of the less obvious threats that can increase the chances of a motor vehicle wreck, such as bright sunlight. Some people may not think of the sun as a threat, but there are different ways that the glare of the sun can lead to an accident on the road.
When the sun shines bright, drivers may have to squint their eyes or have trouble seeing what lies in front of them. Furthermore, sunlight can also cause drivers to see visual illusions that can prompt them to make a mistake while driving. In certain circumstances, the sun might be setting in the evening, causing drivers to become distracted as they try to watch the sun set. Or, the glare might cause a crash by interfering with a driver's ability to see the road, especially if they have just finished a long day at work.
Wearing sunglasses can help protect one's eyes from the sun, but it can also interfere with driving abilities. Moreover, someone who is using their vehicle's sun visor may have decreased visibility. As a driver, it is vital for you to watch out for any threats when you operate your vehicle. If you were hit because of someone else's error, whether it was brought on by the sun's glare or any other factor, review your options.
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