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How Drivers Can Protect Themselves in Bright Sunlight

Bright sunlight is a danger to drivers in Mississippi, as in every other state, because it can create visual illusions, temporarily blind drivers and slow their reaction times. Drivers are actually 16 percent more at risk for a fatal accident when traveling in bright sunlight than in normal weather. By following the tips given below, they can reduce that risk.

Sunglasses are essential because they cut down on the brightness of the sun and protect the eyes from its harmful UV rays. Drivers can buy a stylish pair and keep them in the car. Another good protective measure is using the sun visors. These do not hinder visibility; they are designed not to do so.

Third, drivers could invest in window tinting from a specialty auto repair shop for a few hundred dollars. Each state has its regulations on tinting, though, and police could issue fines for overly darkened windows.

On the road, drivers are encouraged to maintain a greater distance from the vehicle in front. This is to make allowance for slower reaction times. If the sun begins to hurt their eyes, drivers can pull over or take an exit and wait 10 to 15 minutes for the sun to reposition itself. Lastly, it's best not to go out unnecessarily in the early mornings and late afternoons.

If driving in direct sunlight is a factor in an auto accident, the driver who caused it could be held liable. Victims may find out what the state's negligence laws are like and whether they are eligible for damages by consulting with a personal injury lawyer. The lawyer may assist in the filing of the claim and negotiate on the victim's behalf. If the auto insurance company refuses to pay out, the victim might prepare for a trial.