Poor Visibility Is A Common Reason For Pedestrian Accidents In Washington State
One man is dead and another is in critical condition in the ICU at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a pedestrian accident caused by poor visibility and a low setting sun. As one man in a pickup truck turned onto a city street, the glare from the sun prevented him from seeing the pedestrian crossing in front of him. He was not cited for the fatal pedestrian accident.
While drivers often know about the dangers of driving in snow, rain, and wind, fewer drivers realize the danger of driving with the glare of a rising or setting sun. When the light of the sun strikes a windshield at a particular angle, it can significantly affect your visibility and end in a serious car accident or pedestrian accident. In fact, traffic safety experts say that injuries and fatalities due to sun glare are much more common than you might think.
How can you prevent a car accident due to poor visibility caused by the setting sun?
• Know that sun glare accidents are most common in the early fall and early spring, when the sun sets most directly in the east and west. Many roads are built in those two directions, putting the sun right into drivers’ eyes. • Know that darker colored dashboards and smaller dashboards minimize glare, reflection, and veiling glare – making it easier to see cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles. • Avoid polishing your dashboard with shiny cleaners, as they make your dash more reflective and therefore more dangerous. • Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses when driving. • Keep your windshield clean and clear!