Having an unobstructed view of the roadway and the other vehicles and pedestrians around a vehicle is one of the key factors for avoiding an accident. While many things can distract a driver from paying attention to the roadway, there is one unavoidable occurrence that contributes to a significant cause of accidents.
According to statistics, as many as 9,000 accidents occur each year as a result of sun glare. Sun glare occurs when sunlight temporarily blinds a driver, leaving them unable to react to their surroundings. Even just a moment of sun glare can create devastating results, second only to slick or icy roads.
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My Twin Tiers reports that a box truck driver is blaming sun glare for an accident where he struck a pedestrian.
The accident occurred on June 17th in Corning at the intersection of E. Pulteney Street and Center Way.
A mother and three children were walking west on E. Pulteney Street and were crossing at the State Route 414 intersection crosswalk. The mother was pushing two of the children in a dual stroller while a third child rode ahead on a bicycle.
They were struck by a box truck traveling east on E. Pulteney Street was making a left turn. The boy on the bike was not struck by the truck.
The driver of the truck stopped immediately and assisted the family until emergency responders arrived.
The mother and the two children suffered from minor injuries and have been released from the hospital.
The driver of the box truck was fully cooperative with police and informed them that sun glare prevented him from seeing the family. It is not believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.