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Reducing the risk of a car accident with daytime headlights

Louisiana drivers may be interested to learn that using their headlights during the day can reduce their risks of becoming involved in a car accident. This is because the use of headlights, even during clear, sunny days, makes their vehicle more visible to other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Multiple studies have shown that headlights reduce the risk of car accidents, though the results do vary. Some studies show that use of headlights at all times can reduce car accidents by up to 10 percent. Further, the types of accidents that often result in more severe injuries and damage were reduced. When the numbers were broken down, using permanent headlights reduced two-vehicle accidents by 5.7 percent, pedestrian accidents by 12 percent and certain motorcycle accidents by 23 percent. The reduction in accidents was attributed directly to increased visibility.

More vehicle manufacturers are beginning to produce and sell vehicles that have permanent headlights. However, there is no government mandate that requires vehicles to have them even though there is ample evidence that they reduce the risk of car accidents. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that it would only cost drivers no more than an additional $40 per year to leave their headlights on permanently.

Even if people do everything they can to drive as safely as possible, including having their headlights on in the daytime to increase visibility, they can still become involved in a car crash if the other driver was drunk, drowsy or simply not paying attention. Those who suffer injuries in such an incident might want to have an attorney seek an appropriate settlement from the at-fault motorist's insurance company. If the offer is inadequate, a personal injury lawsuit might be in order.

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