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Sun Visors and Sun Glasses – Surprising Safety Equipment

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Sun Visors and Sun Glasses – Surprising Safety Equipment

By John Cooper, Norfolk Injury Lawyer

As I was driving west to Charlottesville, Virginia from my home in Norfolk recently on an early summer eve, I realized just how blinding the sun can be when you're headed west at the end of the day. 

Although I'm not much of a morning person I imagine that headed eastbound on Interstate 64 in the early morning hours just after sun up is the same kind of experience.  I was thankful that I had a working sun visor to flip down and had my shades with me. 

Over my two plus decades of personal injury litigation experience, I have encountered numerous cases where a truck driver or other motorist was blinded by glare in the sun in a way that led to a wreck. 


Sun glasses are not just for making movie stars like Brad Pitt look coo

Certainly the more hours you spend on the road like a professional long haul driver would the more likely you are to encounter the situation.  It can be just momentary or it can go on for some time that the sun is in your eye as a driver in a way that really makes driving dangerous.  It's critical that you have the necessary safety equipment which can be something just as simple as your sunglasses handy at the appropriate time. 

If you can't see you can't drive safely.  Professional truck drivers are aware of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that apply to them that say that if there is a condition of poor visibility then you have to use extreme caution to slow down or even get off the road if you can't see well enough.  Other drivers, not just professional truck drivers, and folks with commercial driver's licenses need to keep this in mind.  If you know you're going to be on the road at the end of the day driving west into the setting sun make sure that you protect yourself and everyone else in the road by having your sunglasses at the ready. 

If you know you're going to be on the road at the end of the day driving west into the setting sun make sure that you protect yourself and everyone else in the road by having your sunglasses at the ready.  If you have been hit and hurt by a driver who was blinded by the sun, you have grounds to make a claim against that driver's insurance policy. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.



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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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