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Improperly maintained headlights can increase car accident risk

Oftentimes on this blog we discuss motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another. This negligence is usually found in the form of intoxication, distraction, fatigue, or reckless disregard for traffic laws. There can be many contributing factors to a car accident, though, including improper maintenance.

In fact, a new study by AAA found that yellowed or clouded headlights can reduce illumination by 80 percent. It goes without saying that reduced visibility can increase the risk of a car accident. A driver with reduced visibility may be less likely to detect a pedestrian in a crosswalk, identify slowed or stopped traffic, and identify intersections demarcated with stop signs.

While clouded or yellowed headlights are common, especially in sunny southern California, their existence and commonality is no defense to negligence. After all, all motorists owe a certain duty of care to other drivers on the road. That duty essentially boils down to driving in a safe fashion. Improper maintenance that creates unsafe driving conditions disallows an individual from adhering to this standard, especially when it is couples with other negligent acts such as speed for failing to yield.

Many car accidents that occur in the Encinitas-area are caused by negligence. Sometimes this is a difficult thing to discern. However, a diligent investigation and analysis of the facts at hand can usually uncover the true cause of a car accident, as well as who is responsible for the wreck in question. When it is determined that the negligence of another has caused a crash, victims may be able to recover compensation for their damages, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. To learn more about how to put forth evidence in a personal injury case, car accident victims should think about speaking with an attorney who is well-adept at handling such cases.



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