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Using headlights in the day as a preventive accident tool

New York drivers might not be aware that a number of studies have linked the usage of headlights during daytime driving to a reduction in accidents. While there are already vehicles on the road with technology that makes this easier for the driver, there is no legislation in the U.S. that requires this.

According to several studies, the use of headlights during daytime driving has resulted in a reduction in the number of accidents of various types. The reduction has been shown even during clear, light days. While the studies show reductions overall, the deepest impact has come in the accidents involving pedestrians or motorcycles with vehicles coming in the opposite direction. Researchers believe that the decrease is due to the increased visibility provided when vehicles use headlights during the day. It is important to note that the types of accidents most affected by the use of daytime headlights are also the types of accidents that result in more serious personal injuries.

The percentages of reduction vary with accident type and place. For example, the general reduction observed is as high as 10 percent. However, the reduction for two-car accidents is only about 5.7 percent, while pedestrian accidents showed a 12 percent decrease and motorcycle accidents involving a vehicle coming in the opposite direction resulted in a 23 percent reduction. Similarly, the use of daytime headlights resulted in a reduction of 37 percent in left turn accidents in Denmark. In Canada, this yielded an 11 percent decrease in multiple-car accidents.

People who have been injured in an accident might want to meet with an attorney to determine how to proceed. The attorney can often determine the party or parties that should be held financially responsible through a review of the police investigation report and other evidence such as eyewitness testimony.

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