Headlight Defects and Failure
Nighttime driving can be risky, even under the best circumstances. Road hazards can be masked by shadows and drivers have less time to react to obstacles in their paths. In the dark, motorists must rely on their headlights to illuminate the road in front of them and help keep them safe.
Unfortunately, headlights can fall victim to negligent manufacturing processes, just as tires, airbags, and brakes can. Defective headlights can vastly increase the chance that a driver may be involved in a harmful, or even deadly, accident. If a carmaker’s negligence leads to an accident, the Wisconsin car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help victims pursue the compensation to which they may be entitled.
Consequences of Defects
If a person is driving down a dark road and his or her headlights fail completely, he or she will have no way of seeing obstacles that lie ahead. It will be very difficult for the driver to see and avoid a pedestrian, cyclist, road defect, or other obstacle that may cross his or her path.
Overly bright or severely misaligned headlights can also be considered defective. Both situations can cause oncoming drivers to be temporarily blinded. On a road with no median, this creates the potential for a devastating head-on wreck that can easily result in serious injuries or death.
Even if a driver is lucky enough to escape a defective headlight without getting in an accident, the financial repercussions can be heavy. Top end, high-intensity headlight systems can cost well over $1,000 to replace.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck caused by defective headlights, you deserve to explore your legal options. Contact the experienced Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 today.