Visibility is a crucial factor in road safety, particularly for cyclists who are often not seen through side mirrors and rear view mirrors on cars and trucks. Recently, in Ocala, Florida, a truck driver who was involved in a bicycle collision informed police investigators that sun glare limited road visibility and contributed to the crash.
The accident occurred when a 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was turning left at an intersection at around 7:25 p.m. and hit a bicyclist. The accident caused serious injury to the bike rider who had to be airlifted to a medical center for treatment. The patient required confinement in the intensive care unit and is expected to undergo a long recovery period.
Sun Glare Causing Accidents
A glorious sunset can be a spectacular sight, but the dazzling glare of the sun can temporarily blind drivers, causing thousands of accidents every year. Bicyclists, joggers, and pedestrians are more likely susceptible to accidents at these times – when motorists are unable to see them on the road. We all need to take precautions when driving, riding, or walking under these conditions.
Guide for Safe Sunset Driving
- Maintain a clean windshield to keep the sunlight from dispersing as a result of dust and debris
- Lower driving speed when the sun’s glare reduces visibility
- When heading west, anticipate limited road visibility and watch for pedestrians, cyclists, and joggers
Injuries Arising from Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles offer no protection to riders, exposing them to risk of serious injuries when they are involved in a bicycle accident – such as traumatic brain injury, head injury and fractures. When large vehicles such as SUVs and trucks are involved in bicycle crashes, the cyclist may succumb to their injuries.
If you or a loved one is involved in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
In Los Angeles and San Diego, California, the law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley has extensive experience in obtaining the maximum value of compensation for clients’ who have suffered bicycle injury due to the negligence of drivers.
Our attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury cases such as pedestrian accidents, slip and fall, spine injury, brain injury, medical malpractice, and birth injury.
We invite you to give us a call today at (213) 514-8332 to schedule a complimentary initial consultation with one of our attorneys.