Time to Fix that Broken Headlight

Halloween has come and gone, so you might think that the time for the dark and spooky happenings has past, but the darkness is only beginning.  Daylight Saving Time ends in the early morning hours of the Sunday after Halloween, meaning many of us will begin several months of evening commutes in complete darkness.  If you have been putting off repairing a broken headlight because you are only driving during the day, it is time to fix that broken headlight.  Not only is driving with one headlight dangerous, but it is also against California law.

According to California Vehicle Code 24400, all vehicles require two headlights to be operated during darkness and/or bad weather, which is defined as weather that creates less than 1,000 feet of visibility or requires use of the windshield wipers.  The earlier sunset and the approaching wet season both require two working headlights to keep you in compliance with the law.   Failure to repair a broken headlight could initially lead to a relatively inexpensive “fix-it” ticket that directs you to repair the broken headlight, but it could also lead to a much more expensive violation ticket and a possible increase in auto insurance premiums.

And those legal consequences say nothing of safety.  Driving with a broken headlight can cause numerous safety issues.  Reduced visibility and depth perception, unseen road obstructions, erratic driving because of difficulty navigating the road, and the inability for other drivers to recognize your vehicle can occur because of a broken headlight.  Basically, for your safety and the safety of those around you, it is important to fix a broken headlight as soon as possible.  If a car crash were to occur, a broken headlight could also be taken into consideration when determining fault in the collision.

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth strongly encourages all drivers to ensure their vehicles are safe to drive at all times, including two working headlights.  As soon as you notice a broken headlight on your vehicle, be sure to get it repaired quickly!  Our law firm has been helping the victims of car accidents seek compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and more from at-fault drivers for decades.  We offer free consultations and a no win no fee guarantee.  Call us today at 888-517-9888!

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