Drivers in South Carolina and other areas of the country often face conditions when the sun can make it difficult to see the road. Many car accidents occur in the early morning hours and later in the evening because of the angle of the sun during these times. Fortunately, there are some tips that drivers can keep in mind while driving in these conditions so that they are safe while on the road.
A good pair of sunglasses can help to reduce the rays of the sun while driving. Sunglasses also provide protection from UV rays that can harm the eyes. Visors positioned in the car help block out the sun, and they can often be turned so that they are on the door or on the windshield. The windows of the vehicle can be tinted to help in blocking out the sun as well. Most states have limits as to how dark the tint can be on the windows.
Drivers can try to wait for a few minutes in the morning or in the evening before getting on the road to avoid being in the direct sunlight. Greater distances between cars on the road help increase reaction time in the event of an accident since visibility is reduced while driving in the direct view of the sun. Drivers can pull off the road to a safe location if the sun becomes painful to the eyes.
If a car accident occurs because of driving in direct sunlight, a personal injury attorney may offer assistance. The attorney might examine the cause of the accident and the circumstances involved as they related to driving in the sun, filing for a settlement that includes medical payments and compensation for lost wages as well as pain and suffering.