Sun Visors and Sun Glasses – Surprising Safety Equipment
As I was driving west to Charlottesville, Virginia from my home in Norfolk recently on an early summer eve, I realized just how blinding the sun can be when you’re headed west at the end of the day.
Although I’m not much of a morning person I imagine that headed eastbound on Interstate 64 in the early morning hours just after sun up is the same kind of experience. I was thankful that I had a working sun visor to flip down and had my shades with me.
Over my two plus decades of personal injury litigation experience, I have encountered numerous cases where a truck driver or other motorist was blinded by glare in the sun in a way that led to a wreck.
Certainly the more hours you spend on the road like a professional long haul driver would the more likely you are to encounter the situation. It can be just momentary or it can go on for some time that the sun is in your eye as a driver in a way that really makes driving dangerous. It’s critical that you have the necessary safety equipment which can be something just as simple as your sunglasses handy at the appropriate time.
If you can’t see you can’t drive safely. Professional truck drivers are aware of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that apply to them that say that if there is a condition of poor visibility then you have to use extreme caution to slow down or even get off the road if you can’t see well enough. Other drivers, not just professional truck drivers, and folks with commercial driver’s licenses need to keep this in mind. If you know you’re going to be on the road at the end of the day driving west into the setting sun make sure that you protect yourself and everyone else in the road by having your sunglasses at the ready.
If you know you’re going to be on the road at the end of the day driving west into the setting sun make sure that you protect yourself and everyone else in the road by having your sunglasses at the ready. If you have been hit and hurt by a driver who was blinded by the sun, you have grounds to make a claim against that driver’s insurance policy. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.