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Section 2015(a) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) signed by President George W. Bush in 2005 established funds to conduct a study on the risks associated with glare to oncoming drivers, including increased risks to drivers on two-lane highways, increased risks to drivers over the age of 50, and the overall effects of glare on driver performance. A 2007 Report to Congress defined “headlamp glare” as “visibility reductions or discomfort caused by viewing oncoming vehicle headlamps or headlamps in rear view mirrors.”

In April 2019, Bloomberg reported that three plaintiffs filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against General Motors Co. because it failed to warn drivers of the Cadillac SRX sport-utility vehicle (SUV) about a defect that caused headlights to malfunction and created a safety hazard. When headlights do not function properly, they can create issues not only for the drivers of the vehicles the headlamps are on but also the drivers of other vehicles it encounters.

California Headlight Defects Truck Accident Lawyer

If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident caused by headlight defects in California, you have to be quick to retain legal counsel. An experienced attorney will be of tremendous assistance to you in every single issue you are about to encounter.

The May Firm can come to your hospital room or home if you cannot come to our office. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online right now to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Headlight Defects Truck Accident Injuries

When headlights come into play in a truck accident, it usually involves a pretty devastating collision. Depending on how a truck driver handled their vehicle, some injuries may even be fatal.

After an individual dies in a truck accident involving defective headlights, there could be multiple parties liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. The family of the person killed usually has the right to file one of these actions to recover damages for income and services lost.

Certain injuries will ultimately heal, but many others can lead to entire lifetimes of problems for the victims. Some of the most common kinds of injuries may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains
  • Lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Paralysis
  • Muscle strains
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Fractures

You are going to want to make sure that you have a lawyer before you speak to any insurance company. Do not try to negotiate your own settlement, as you could inadvertently say something that ultimately jeopardizes your entire case.

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Federal Headlight Requirements

Federal regulations relating to lamps, reflective devices, and electrical wiring are found in Subpart B of Part 93 in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). CFR § §393.9 establishes that all lamps required by this subpart must be capable of being operated at all times, and lamps and reflective devices or material required by this subpart cannot be obscured by the tailboard, or by any part of the load, or its covering by dirt, or other added vehicle or work equipment, or otherwise.

CFR § §393.24 states that every bus, truck and truck tractor must be equipped with headlamps as required by CFR § 393.11(a), and the headlamps must provide an upper and lower beam distribution of light, selectable at the driver’s will and be steady-burning, marked in accordance with FMVSS No. 108. Auxiliary driving lamps and/or front fog lamps cannot be used to satisfy these requirements. Commercial motor vehicles can be equipped with auxiliary driving lamps and/or front fog lamps for use in conjunction with, but not in lieu of the required headlamps.

Headlamps must be mounted and aimable in accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 108, and auxiliary driving lamps and front fog lamps must be mounted so that the beams are aimable and the mounting shall prevent the aim of the lighting device from being disturbed while the vehicle is operating on public roads. Headlamps, auxiliary driving lamps, and front fog lamps must be aimed to meet the aiming specifications in FMVSS No. 108 (49 CFR 571.108), SAE J581, and SAE J583, respectively.

Under CFR § §393.25, all lamps other than headlamps must be securely mounted on a rigid part of the vehicle, and temporary lamps must be securely mounted to the load and are not required to be mounted to a permanent part of the vehicle.

Each lamp must be located so that it meets the visibility requirements specified by FMVSS No. 108 in effect at the time of manufacture of the vehicle. Vehicles which were not subject to FMVSS No. 108 at the time of manufacture must have each lamp located so that it meets the visibility requirements specified in SAE standards.

All exterior lamps (both required lamps and any additional lamps) must be steady-burning with the exception of turn signal lamps; hazard warning signal lamps; school bus warning lamps; amber warning lamps or flashing warning lamps on tow trucks and commercial motor vehicles transporting oversized loads; and warning lamps on emergency and service vehicles authorized by State or local authorities. Lamps combined into the same shell or housing with a turn signal are not required to be steady burning while the turn signal is in use. Amber warning lamps must meet SAE J845. Amber flashing warning lamps must meet SAE J595. Amber gaseous discharge warning lamps must meet SAE J1318.

Contact a Headlight Defects Truck Accident Attorney in California

Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident caused by defective headlights in California? The May Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your call.

Our firm will fight to make sure all negligent parties in your case are held accountable. You can have us help you understand all of your legal options when you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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