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Using headlights during the day

California motorists may be interested to learn more about the impact that running headlights during daylight hours can have on accident rates. Many drivers are accustomed to using their headlights only at night or during inclement weather conditions. However, studies have shown significant increases in road safety when drivers habitually run their headlights during the day as well.

Drivers will perhaps feel hesitant to use their headlights during the day for fear of the additional economic costs that this might entail for them. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the added cost involved would actually be very negligible. Moreover, the NHTSA believes that the important reductions in car accident rates more than compensates for the cost of replacing headlamps a little more frequently than before.

Studies have shown that using headlights during the day have reduced vehicular accidents by nearly 6 percent and pedestrian accidents by 12 percent. In addition, more frequent headlight usage may have reduced motorcycle crashes by as much as 23 percent. European countries that have required daytime headlight usage have similarly reported great improvements in their traffic safety statistics. Authorities say that headlights make vehicles easier to see in all weather conditions and thereby play an important rule in reducing the frequency of accidents.

Someone who has been injured in a car crash may endure great pain and suffering as a result of the incident. When the collision can be shown to be due to the negligence of another motorist, an attorney can often assist the victim in seeking compensation for medical bills and other losses.

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