The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducts studies to determine what causes accidents and how to prevent accidents. One of the areas studied by the NHTSA is the amount of lighting and visibility needed for drivers to see the road as well as be seen by other drivers. The results of these studies could help car manufacturers produce vehicles that help reduce crashes.
Although headlights are necessary for night, dawn, dusk, and inclement weather driving, not all headlights are created equal. HID headlamps give more forward visibility distance than headlamps made from tungsten halogen. However, the alignment of the headlamps also plays a role in how well a driver can see. Misaligned headlamps can negatively affect how much visibility distance a driver has. Drivers should regularly inspect their headlamps to make sure they are not cracked or misaligned.
The NHTSA estimates that rear-end accidents account for more than 29 percent of all vehicle crashes. One of the most common causes of rear-end collisions is failing to respond when a vehicle decelerates or stops. Research indicates that better rear signal configurations could reduce the number of rear-end crashes by capturing the attention of other drivers in time to allow these drivers to react.
Car manufacturers must balance their desire to create improved lighting with the need to avoid blinding other drivers in poor lighting conditions. The NHTSA indicates that infrared systems that increase driver night vision may be applicable to improving visibility without harming others.
Even when you care for your vehicle properly and make every attempt to stay visible to other drivers, it is still possible to get into an auto accident. If other drivers do not take these precautions and make sure their vehicles are in good working order, they are putting you at risk. If you were the victim of an Arizona auto accident, contact the experienced Phoenix auto accident attorneys at The Breyer Law Offices P.C. We’ll work hard to help you recover compensation for your injuries. Call us at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation.