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Assigning fault when sun glare contributes to a car accident

Unlike many other parts of the country where winter causes tough driving conditions, Riverside County does not get snow or ice regularly. Still, whether you drive in the morning or late afternoon, you may have to contend with sun glare. If the sun blinds another driver when you are behind the wheel, you may find yourself in the middle of a potentially serious car accident. 

Motorists have a general obligation to drive reasonably. When weather conditions present special challenges, drivers typically must take steps to overcome them. If you want to avoid a serious car crash, you must understand the special obligations that come with operating a motor vehicle in challenging conditions. 

Driving reasonably 

All drivers have a few obligations with which they must comply. If an individual chooses to drive a vehicle, the following basic duties apply: 

  •         To drive at a reasonable speed
  •         To maintain the vehicle
  •         To be aware of the surroundings
  •         To control the vehicle 

While you may not think much about your legal duties when you drive your car, truck or SUV, you must remember that driving is a serious responsibility. After all, if you fail to abide by your obligations, you may injure yourself, your passengers or others. 

Blaming the sun 

If you have an accident on a sunny day, the other driver may attempt to blame the sun. That is, he or she may assert that it was not possible to avoid the collision due to temporary blindness. This argument may not hold much water, though. On the contrary, because driver’s must maintain their vehicles even during weather events, sun glare is likely not a valid way to skirt legal responsibility for a car crash. 

If you regularly drive when the sun is low in the sky, you should carry a pair of sunglasses with you. Alternatively, you may want to modify your travel plans to avoid sunny commutes. Either way, you should understand who usually bears responsibility for sun-related automobile collisions.

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