Can sunlight cause a motor vehicle accident?

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From drunk people getting behind the wheel to a driver ignoring traffic signs, auto collisions happen for many reasons. Weather can factor into a crash in different ways, whether a driver loses control of their vehicle due to poor conditions on the road or their visibility is impacted by fog, snow or rain. Moreover, sunlight can also interfere with a driver’s ability to see the road and may lead to a motor vehicle collision. If you drive while it is very sunny out, there are different things you should keep in mind.

According to material that the National Institutes of Health has provided, sunlight that is very bright can cause a motor vehicle collision. After reviewing data that was taken from 1995 to 2014, researchers found a notable increase in the number of life-threatening motor vehicle collisions during periods of bright sunlight.

There are different reasons why intense sunlight can be dangerous when it comes to driving. First, a driver may be temporarily blinded by the sun, causing them to swerve across the road or collide with another vehicle. A driver may also pay less attention to the road because the sun is too bright. Moreover, some drivers may become distracted while trying to adjust their sun visors.

If you drive in an area where it is sunny on a regular basis, you should watch out for this risk factor. However, bright sunlight can be a concern for drivers in all parts of the country as well as other weather-related auto accident risks.

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