Don’t Cause a Car Accident – Use Your Headlights

January 15, 2014

Headlights Aren’t Just So You Can See – They Can Help Prevent Car Accidents During the Day Too


Car Headlights Help Avoid AccidentsMost of us have had the experience of driving along at night only to notice someone without headlights on; hopefully in time to avoid a car crash. Fortunately this isn’t common and the person catches his mistake before he hurts anyone.  However, it is common for people to use only their running lights or no lights at dusk, during storms, or in foggy conditions.

The problem is, there are circumstances during which the driver thinks he can see the road and traffic just fine, unaware that other people might have trouble seeing him.  Failure to use lights in these kinds of circumstances can cause very serious accidents.   If a driver fails to use his headlights properly and causes a car accident, that driver is likely to be held financially (and potentially criminally) liable for any harm that results.

Keep in mind, if your car has automatic headlights that run during the day, your taillights will probably not be on. You need to actually turn your headlights on during the day to make sure your taillights are on as well.

When Must you Use Your Headlights and Taillights?

The law in Pennsylvania requires that you use your  headlights and taillights:

  1. Between sunset and sunrise
  2. Any time you cannot clearly see a person or car on the road within a distance of 1,000 feet. (Lack of light, rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog, smoke, snow, etc.)
  3. Whenever your windshield wipers are on
  4. In marked construction zones

Failure to use your lights under the first 3 circumstances can result in a fine of around $100 or more. In a construction zone the fine is $25, but you can only be pulled over for another traffic violation first.

Hurt Due to Someone’s Failure to Use Headlights?

If you were injured in a car accident because someone else failed to use his headlights, you might be able to recover for your injuries.  Give the Pennsylvania auto accident lawyers at Lowenthal & Abrams a call to discuss your case. We will give you our honest opinion.


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