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Daytime running lights increase safety

Pennsylvania motorists may already be aware of the increased safety provided by running headlights at all times, even during clear daylight hours. Further proof continues to come in, as numerous studies indicate that daytime running lights reduce the risk of a car accident. Indeed, some studies have noted that using headlights during daylight hours could reduce the number of crashes by as much as 10 percent. Perhaps more interesting, though, are the types of accidents that might be avoided by drivers putting on their headlights.

Using headlights during the day lowered the number of two-vehicle accidents by 5.7 percent, and it lowered the number of car-pedestrian crashes by 12 percent. The number of crashes involving a motorcycle and a vehicle coming from the other direction were reduced by 23 percent when headlights were used during daylight hours. The raw numbers tell only part of the story, though, as these latter two types of accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries or fatalities.

Car makers in the United States are not required to install daytime running lights on their vehicles. Daytime running lights come standard on only 27 percent of new vehicles in the U.S. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that running headlights at all times costs drivers between $3 and $40 annually. The wide disparity is due to the many different types of headlights available, but the cost is low in any event as compared to the gain in safety on U.S. roadways.

Individuals who have been injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of other motorists may be entitled to recover for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help by negotiating settlements with insurance companies.

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