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Poor Headlights Increase Risk of Crash, Study Shows

by  on  Car & Motor Vehicle Accidents

The risk of a crash is part of life on the road, but there are a number of things that drivers in Colorado and across the country can do to keep themselves and others safe. That includes making sure that their vehicles are equipped with good headlights, according to a new study.

Cars with headlights rated “good” or better by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are 20 percent less likely than those with “poor” headlights to be involved in nighttime accidents, according to research from the non-profit group. Vehicles whose headlights are “acceptable” or “marginal” and 10-15 percent less likely to be in crashes at night, IIHS found.

“These real-world results show that better scores in our headlight tests translate into safer nighttime driving on the road, which is of course what really matters,” IIHS Senior Research Engineer Matthew Brumbelow said in a statement unveiling the results of the study.

IIHS says it has rated some 1,000 different types of headlights, giving each a score of “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal,” or “poor.” Brumbelow and his team reviewed police reports for some 44,000 single-car accidents across 11 states.

The group said the results show that federal headlight regulations, which have not been updated in decades, are not tough enough.

IIHS is an independent organization founded by a trio of insurance companies in 1959. It performs a wide range of research to test the safety of vehicles in an effort to reduce car accidents across the country. 

Injured in a Crash? Speak With a Denver Car Accident Lawyer

While good headlights improve safety, accidents still can and do happen. When they occur, crashes often come with serious and even life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who is injured in a car accident in Colorado has the right to seek money damages from those responsible, whether it is a negligent driver, a defective vehicle manufacturer or a government entity that poorly designs roads. The available compensation includes money for medical bills, property damage, missed wages during recuperation and other impacts of the crash.

In the tragic event that a person dies in a crash, his or her loved ones have the right to seek similar compensation by suing for wrongful death.

The fact is that there is no amount of money that will give you the power to turn back time and stop an accident from happening. Money damages can, however, help ease some of the financial burden that often comes with a car accident. A lawsuit can also help ensure that those responsible for an accident are made fully accountable for their actions.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash in Colorado, a Denver car accident lawyer at Levine Law can help. Our attorneys combine decades of experience helping people injured in accidents get the money they deserve.

Our firm is pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver car accident lawyer.