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When must you turn on your headlights in Connecticut?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Low road visibility contributes to over 38,700 vehicle crashes and 16,300 injuries annually in the United States, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Therefore, it is good to take extra precautions in such conditions.

The State of Connecticut encourages drivers to do just that with regulations surrounding the appropriate use of headlights.

Connecticut headlight laws

Drivers must use their headlights from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise or when visibility is less than 500 feet, according to Connecticut State Statute 14-96a. Additionally, drivers must use headlights whenever weather conditions require the use of windshield wipers. Failing to follow these laws can result in a ticket and a fine.

Factors that contribute to poor visibility

Several factors can contribute to poor visibility while driving, and drivers should not hesitate to use headlights when they feel it is necessary. For example, fog, rain, snow and heavy dust can all create hazardous driving conditions.

Also, driving on winding roads with multiple turns can make it hard to see what is ahead. Headlights can alert oncoming drivers who are around a bend.

Steps to take after an accident

Despite care and due diligence, another individual might not obey the rules or use good judgment when it comes to traveling in poor visibility conditions. After an accident, motorists can do the following:

  1. Move to a safe location if possible and turn on hazard lights to remain visible to passing traffic
  2. Check for injuries and call 911 immediately for medical assistance
  3. Exchange information with the other parties, including names, addresses and insurance information
  4. Gather any evidence of the accident and injuries to use in a personal injury claim

Turning on headlights right when visibility begins to fade might not seem like a big deal. However, this simple step is often all that is necessary to prevent an accident and save lives.



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