Can Summer Weather Cause an Increase in Car Accidents?

Summer is such a wonderful time of the year, with the sun shining and people outside having barbeques and riding their bicycles without a care in the world. So, how could summer weather cause car accidents throughout Georgia? The shining sun leads to many summertime crashes.

When commuters are driving into the sun, it can cause a bad glare that leads them to:

  • Not see their lane markings;
  • Not see brake lights on the cars in front of them;
  • Not see the cars next to them;
  • Not see signal lights or stop signs; and
  • Not see bicyclists or pedestrians crossing the street.

Most of these types of accidents happen at intersections, as they often create a chaotic environment. Additionally, when the sun's glare affects a driver's vision, the individual may pull out in front of an oncoming car, run a red light, swerve into another lane, or just not see another vehicle, which can lead to serious crashes and injuries. The sun can cause a harsh glare, but there also are things that drivers can do to help prevent being involved in a car accident in Georgia.

Two Tips to Help Prevent Summertime Accidents

Although the sun can be harsh, drivers need to take responsibility for certain things, including:

  • Cleaning the windshield and windows often so that the sun's glare is minimized;
  • Wearing sunglasses to help block out some of the rays.

Drivers need to be held liable for their actions, even when accidents occur due to the sun's glare. If a driver has a dirty windshield, is not wearing sunglasses, or is not paying close attention to the road, then he or she should be held responsible for such negligent behavior. Serious injuries can occur to Georgia motorists when they run red lights and stop signs, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, head trauma, paralysis, internal injuries, and even death.

If you have been in an accident due to a reckless or negligent driver in Atlanta, contact Kalka & Baer, LLC today for your free consultation.

Categories: Car Accidents