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Increased visibility reduces accident rates

Arizona residents who use their headlights while driving during the day may be at a lower risk of getting into an accident. This has been shown in research done in America, Canada and Europe. In Canada, there has been an 11 percent decrease in multi-car accidents when drivers used their headlights. In America, there was a 23 percent decrease in motorcycle accidents and a 10 percent reduction in accidents overall.

The main reason why accident rates went down is because cars are more visible with their headlights even on clear days. Other motorists and pedestrians are better able to see a vehicle when it has its headlights on. If drivers were to run their headlights during the day, it would only cost between $3 and $40 extra per year. The actual amount would depend on the type of headlights that they use.

Despite the decrease in accidents attributed to daytime running lights, most cars do not have them. The government does not mandate that drivers use them or that they be installed in new vehicles. Even if they were, full compliance with daytime running lamp laws may be hard to come by since older vehicles would not have them. Therefore, it has been proposed that drivers simply turn on their headlights whenever they drive.

Individuals who are hurt in car accidents caused by another driver may be able to collect a financial award to help pay their medical bills. Compensation may also be available to recoup lost wages or to pay for property damaged in an accident. An attorney may be able to review the case to determine if negligence played a role in causing it to occur. Cases may be resolved through a settlement, which may avoid the need to have a formal trial.

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