On our blog, we often report on auto recalls prompted by visibility issues. In these reports, we argue that non-working lights can be dangerous to both the driver of the defective car and those around them. While many of these recalled cars end up exposing drivers to risk, there are many other factors that end up producing the same type of accident.
Recently, officials responded to a rear-end crash involving a suspected drunk driver whose vehicle did not have its lights on, even as he drove at nighttime.
The accident, which took place on Interstate 182, involved a 69-year-old Pasco driver. The man was driving a Toyota pickup truck on the eastbound lanes of the highway just before midnight on Thursday when a second driver in a Pontiac Grand Am failed to slow down, crashing into the back of the pickup truck. Officials said that because the vehicle didn’t have its lights on, the Grand Am driver did not spot the car fast enough.
The 45-year-old Kennewick driver sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The 69-year-old driver was not injured. Officials with the Washington State Patrol cited him for DUI.
Prevent Visibility Issues, Make Sure Your Car’s Lights Are Always In Working Condition
The Pasco accident is a good example of why lights are so important.
When you drive at night and your car’s lights aren’t working properly, drivers following behind might either completely miss you or might not be aware that you are slowing down. In either situation, you risk experiencing a rear-end collision as a result.
In order to prevent this type of accident, you must check your lights regularly. Also, respond to recalls involving visibility issues as soon as possible to avoid equipment failure. Remember: whenever you’re proactive about your car’s health, you put your safety and the safety of others first.
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