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What To Know About Sun Glare This Summer

Casper Meadows Schwartz & Cook

We all love spending time outdoors in the sun during summertime, but it is important to be aware of sun glare and its effects. Sun glare can happen when sunlight reflects off a surface and directly into someone's eyes. For drivers, this can cause decreased visibility leading to accidents. How can the risks of sun glare be minimized? Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook can explain.

When is Sun Glare the Strongest?

Sun glare is usually the strongest in the early morning and late afternoon hours when the sun is lower in the sky. This is because the sun's rays are more likely to hit a horizontal surface like a windshield at these times. With a strong sun glare in a driver’s eyes, it can be almost impossible to discern what is happening on the road.

In fact, it has been reported that harsh sun glare is the cause of up to 9,000 driving accidents per year. Additionally, studies have estimated that sun glare is associated with a 16% increase in life-threatening accidents. With these shocking statistics, it is important to know how to appropriately manage in bright driving conditions.

Steps For Safe Driving With Sun Glare

There are a few things you can do to stay safe on the road when sun glare is present:

  • Keep polarized sunglasses in your car. Polarized lenses will reduce the amount of glare coming through your windshield.

  • Drive more slowly than usual. This will give you more time to react if something should happen on the road.

  • Make sure your windshield is clean. A dirty windshield can make the sun glare even worse and further decrease visibility.

  • Drive at opportune times. If you can, avoid sun glare by driving during times when the sun is not as low in the sky.

Key Takeaways

The sun and its angle have the potential to cause catastrophic accidents on the road. Drivers must be prepared for any outdoor hazards, including sun glare. If you were in an accident due to someone’s negligence, reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

To schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Walnut Creek personal injury attorney from Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (925) 275-5592 or send us an email.


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