Driving at night can be very dangerous. In areas with limited street lighting and places where the roadway is very windy, a driver is almost completely reliant on his or her vehicle’s headlights to see what is ahead. In the dark, obstacles can seem to come from out of nowhere and leave motorists with little time to react. Properly functioning headlights are necessary to give drivers the chance to see pedestrians, children, cyclists, road defects, animals, and other hazards before it is too late.
Unfortunately, there have been many recorded cases where vehicle manufacturers have installed defective headlamps in the vehicles they sell to consumers. If a car’s lights fail at night in a dark area where they are needed the most, the wellbeing of the driver, his or her passengers, and other people that may cross the vehicle’s path is put in jeopardy unnecessarily.
Consequences of Defects
The most serious threat from defective headlights is that they can cause people to be seriously hurt or killed. If a car’s lights go out, the vehicle may veer into an unseen obstacle or hit an unprotected person on the side of the road or on a sidewalk. If a vehicle’s lights are defectively bright, they can blind oncoming traffic and cause severe, head-on collisions.
Even if no one is hurt when a car’s lights are found to be defective, there can still be heavy financial consequences for the owner. Top end, high-intensity headlight systems can cost over $1,000 to replace.
If manufacturing negligence or faulty materials have caused your headlights to fail, you may be entitled to compensation. To explore your legal options, contact the experienced Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.