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Always using headlights can reduce accidents

Every year in West Virginia, thousands of people are seriously injured in traffic accidents. Some of these accidents could be prevented if everyone drove with their headlights on during the day. While laws in Europe and Canada require motorists to drive with their headlights on during the day, there are no similar laws in the U.S.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that using daytime running lights during the day results in a decrease in the number of collisions. Experts believe that this decrease happens because headlights help to make vehicles easier to see by other motorists. Car manufacturers are not required to offer daytime running lights as standard on the cars that they sell in the U.S., and only 27 percent of new cars currently have the lights as a standard feature.

In Canada, a study showed a drop of 11 percent of collisions involving multiple vehicles when daytime running lights were mandated. In Europe, a study showed a drop of 37 percent in left-turn collisions. The number of accidents involving two vehicles dropped by 5.7 percent. Pedestrian accidents fell by 12 percent, and motorcycle accidents fell by 23 percent.

While some experts have called for a law requiring manufacturers to sell cars with daytime running lights as a standard option, it would be years before all of the cars on the road would actually have them. People can still choose to always drive with their headlights switched on in order to increase their visibility to others. This may help them to avoid being struck by other motorists who fail to see them. People who are injured in collisions that were caused by negligent motorists who fail to check oncoming traffic may want to consult with experienced personal injury lawyers.

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