What Are the Rules for Using Headlights?Texas Legal News
A History of Headlights
There are many important parts of our vehicle that enable us to drive safely on the road. Our vehicles have cruise control to help us keep a consistent and safe speed on long trips. They have sensors that help us know if the lanes next to us are occupied or not. Our vehicles also have headlights, which are a small but important aspect of our vehicles to help us stay safe both during the day and at night.
The first headlights were invented in the same year as the light bulb, though vehicles did not use actual light bulbs for some time. Instead of a light bulb, vehicles simply used kerosene lamps as a way to illuminate the roadway at times of darkness or low visibility. Of course, this first iteration was not used for very long, and headlights that utilized light bulbs soon became the norm.
These bulbs brought with them a change in not only the way we drive but the safety we have on the roads, as these lights could be used both for seeing the road and seeing others on the road. These small lights truly do a lot to help us in our day to day travels, and it’s important as drivers that we know when to correctly use them so that we can all be safe while on the road together.
After being injured due to another driver not using their headlights as they should have, call a personal injury lawyer to see what you may be owed in compensation.
The Rules in Place for Using Your Headlights
While it is smart to simply use your headlights any time you are on the road, there are some specific times you need to have them on. These times include:
During sunrise and sunset: When the sun is rising and setting, it can make seeing the world around us difficult. The sun at these times is at such a height that seeing out of our windshield can be difficult, so it is in good practice to have your headlights on at these times to ensure that you can be seen by others. By having your headlights on, it allows others to easily see you so that accidents can be avoided as best as possible.
During bad weather: Bad weather is notorious for not allowing drivers to see as they are on the road. These weather conditions can include rain, fog, snow, hail, and sleet, all of which can cause visibility to drop considerably. When it’s hard to see around you, having your headlights on will not only help illuminate your path but will also alert other drivers to your presence so that you can avoid colliding into one another.
At night: Obviously, when it’s dark outside, you will need to use your lights to see. This, in turn, will also allow others to see you as well, which will help to cut down on accidents and injuries occurring to you.
It’s important to ensure that you are using your headlights correctly, so as a general rule, always use them, but as a more specific rule, if visibility is low, be sure to turn your lights on.
Texas Vehicle Accident Injury Lawyers
If you were in a vehicle accident that injured you because another driver was not using their headlights when they should have been, call the lawyers at DeHoyos & Connolly, PLLC today. Our lawyers are ready to review your case and advise you on what to do next so that they can help you get the compensation you need and deserve following your accident. Call our office today to see what we might be able to do for you at (832) 767-3568.