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While behind the wheel, you may not notice the critical role street lighting plays in preventing auto accidents. However, when natural light is nonexistent, motorists rely heavily on streetlights to provide adequate lighting for them to see the roadway and traffic signs. Without streetlights, during the night, it is much more difficult for motorists to detect potential hazards and navigate the road. When streetlights are not functioning properly, the likelihood of an accident occurring increases significantly. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident and poor lighting played a role, it is in your best interest to contact our experienced Westchester County Auto Accident Attorneys who can help you consider your legal options. In addition, follow along to learn how street lighting prevents auto accidents.

How does street lighting prevent auto accidents?

When it comes to driving in the dead of night, motorists rely on streetlights to illuminate the length of the roadway. Essentially, motorists count on street lighting to make potential hazards more visible. According to research, motorists need at least three seconds to react and respond to a potential hazard on the road. If a motorist cannot see the road, they will likely not have enough time to safely react to roadway hazards. For instance, if an animal crosses the road, but the roadway is poorly lit, the motorist may swerve at the last second to avoid hitting the animal, resulting in a serious collision. Ultimately, motorists need adequate lighting to detect potential hazards so they have enough time to take preventative steps to avoid an accident.

Further, street lighting reduces auto accidents by making crosswalks and intersections more visible. When natural light is dim or nonexistent it makes it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians and cyclists. Streetlights are critical as they prevent serious pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, pedestrians are not afforded outside protection. If a motorist does not see a pedestrian on a poorly lit road and they are traveling at a high speed, it can result in life-threatening and life-altering injuries. Even if a pedestrian or cyclist is wearing reflective gear, it is often not enough to make a motorist notice them on the road. Streetlights are placed midblock. This means they are installed at different points along the roadway. This helps motorists see the full length of the roadway rather than just one section of the road. Ultimately, street lighting plays a critical role in making the road more visible for motorists.

In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in an auto accident due to streetlights not functioning properly, please contact one of our determined and trusted team members. Our firm is committed to helping our clients seek reasonable compensation for their damages.