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Using headlights during the day reduces car accidents

New York drivers know that it is crucial to drive with the headlights on at night or during inclement weather. However, multiple studies have shown that headlights can also be beneficial when used during the day. In fact, studies have shown that headlight use during the daylight hours reduces the number of car collisions.

Using headlights during the day can make vehicles more visible to other drivers, especially when there are multiple distractions in the road or the glinting sun makes it more difficult to see the road. Although the results of the studies vary, some have shown that daylight headlight use can reduce the number of two-vehicle accidents by up to 5.7 percent. Headlight use during the day also reduces the number of pedestrian accidents by up to 12 percent and the number of motorcycle accidents by up to 23 percent.

Car manufacturers are beginning to produce a larger number of vehicles that have daytime headlights. However, there are no government mandates that require all vehicles to have this feature. The National Highway Traffic Administration estimated that running their regular headlights whenever they drive would only cost drivers a small amount of money every year.

A driver who causes a car crash could be held financially responsible for any injuries or damages that occur. An attorney representing a person who has been injured in such an accident can use the results of the official accident investigation report, eyewitness testimony and other evidence to establish negligence. Damages sought can include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other applicable amounts.

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