Friday, October 11, 2013

Sun Glare While Driving – September 2013

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving and traffic safety in general.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Police: Motorcyclist killed in SUV collision; sun in driver's eyes may be factor
SALEM TOWNSHIP, MI - Emergency crews responded to a crash shortly after 7 p.m. where a motorcycle reportedly was trapped underneath a vehicle at 142nd Avenue and 26th Street.

A motorcycle traveling west on 142nd Avenue was approaching the intersection where an SUV was stopped, authorities said. When the motorcycle entered the intersection, the SUV pulled out in front and caused the collision, police said.

The driver of the SUV might have been blinded by a bright, setting sun, police said...

Sun's glare causes man to hit a parked trailer
Hutchinson, KS - A Hutchinson man was taken to the hospital after the morning sun glare caused him to hit a parked trailer. 

Robert Schrag, 67, was eastbound about 8 a.m. Wednesday on Avenue G, west of Haven/Buhler Road, when the sun in his eyes caused him to not see a trailer that was parked partially in the roadway…

Blinded by sun?  by David Williams via @ottawacitizen
OTTAWA, ON - I take the OC Transpo bus No. 95 past the same Barrhaven rail crossing every weekday at about the same time Wednesday's crash occurred, heading in the same direction. It was apparent to me from the time I heard about this crash that the sun might be a possible culprit…

Be extra careful this time of year > Official: Sun glare causes fatal Highway 30 accident
MADISON, WI. - Authorities say 58-year-old Jane Sagen from Madison was the woman who died in a crash in the town of Blooming Grove Saturday morning.

Dane County Sheriff's Lt. Kurt Pierce said nine vehicles, including one motorcycle, were involved in the fatal accident at Highway 30 near Highway 151.
The State Patrol said the crash happened at 6:58 a.m.
A motorcyclist was headed eastbound on Highway 30 when he was involved in a crash with Sagen's vehicle, according to the report.
Sagen was then struck and killed by a third vehicle when she got out of her car. A chain reaction crash followed, involving seven more cars. A total of nine vehicles, including the motorcycle, were involved in the crash.
Piece said deputies believed bright morning light may have caused the crash.
"It appears that the primary cause was sun glare, as the vehicles were traveling eastbound directly into the sun," Pierce said…

Lucky no one hurt. Lucky dog too > Bright Sun to Blame For Spokane Crash Involving Deputy
SPOKANE, WA - A Spokane County Sheriff's deputy was driving north on Monroe when a car crossed the road and hit the deputy's car. It happened on Friday morning at Monroe & Cora. The deputy is a K-9 and had the dog with him in the back seat. Both drivers and the dog are ok. The driver who hit the deputy says that the bright sun blinded his vision…

Sun glare worsens as fall approaches
ALBUQUERQUE , NM - Being on the road in the morning and the afternoon can already be a challenge because of traffic, but now there's another thing for Albuquerque drivers to worry about this time of year: The glare from the Sun.
Since the angle of the Earth is starting to change with respect to the Sun at this time, drivers will have more trouble driving east in morning and west in the evening.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the majority of traffic accidents related to sun glare occur between six and nine in the morning and between three and six in the evening.
Here are some tips on how you can stay safe with the Sun directly in your face. Put the visor down, keep the sunglasses on, and keep your windshield and mirrors clean because the dirt can enhance the glare of the sun, making it more difficult to drive…

Be extra careful on clear sunny days. Blinding sun may be cause for 2 collisions this morning > School bus, motorcycle involved in multi-vehicle accident
GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI - Police say a blinding sun may have been the cause for two accidents on Baldwin Road this morning.
The first accident, police say, involved two vehicles on Baldwin and McWain roads. At least one of the drivers, police believe, was blinded by the sun, causing a collision.
Grand Blanc Township police say the second accident occurred when a van pulled over onto the side of the road and turned on his hazards, in an attempt to warn other drivers about the first accident. However, an eastbound vehicle, with its driver apparently also blinded by the sun, struck the van and then struck a motorcycle…

Make sure windshield cleared up before driving away on cool mornings. Foggy windshield + sunglare = driving blind. 

Horse wagon struck from behind by SUV
MIDDLEBURY, IN - A young girl and her mother were injured on September 6 when an elderly driver of an SUV rear-ended their horse wagon. The crash occurred in the Middlebury, Indiana area on County Road 22, near County Road 31, as both the vehicle and the horse vehicle were heading north.
Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department explained that Janet Dabney of Goshen, aged 70, was driving her SUV toward Middlebury when she struck the horse vehicle as it headed the same way on County Road 22. According to Dabney, she did not see the cart because of glare from the sun…

It's that time of year again. Sun-glare-related collisions way up > Man injured when struck by SUV
COLUMBIA STATION, OH — Bicyclist John Ondrejovich who was injured when he was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer was listed in critical condition Friday night at Metro-Health Medical Center in Cleveland, according to a nursing supervisor. 

Ondrejovich, 51, was traveling westbound on Osborne Road around 6:40 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by Severio Nardo, 75, of Columbia Station, who was also traveling westbound, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post reported. 

According to Trooper Ryan Pischel the accident was caused by the sun’s glare on Nardo’s windshield… 


Woman struck by vehicle in downtown Saskatoon
SASKATOON, SK  – The glare of the sun may have been a contributing factor after a truck hit a woman in downtown Saskatoon Tuesday morning. 

Police say the driver was attempting to turn from 2nd Avenue to head eastbound on 20th Street around 10:30 a.m. when he hit a woman crossing the street northbound… 


Cyclists, motorists all must obey the rules of the road
LEE’S SUMMIT, MO - Lee’s Summit has the noted distinction of being one of the most bicycle-friendliest communities in the nation having received a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists late last year. 

Despite the merit, sometimes things happen. 

Case in point: a Sept. 3 accident involving a 17-year-old on his bike who was struck by a motorist as he headed westbound in the westbound lanes of Colbern Road approaching Douglas Road He was struck from behind by a car traveling in the same direction.  

According to Lee’s Summit Police officials, the driver indicated that due to the sunshine glare, she was unable to see the cyclist in the roadway…

How hard is it to see while driving into low sun glare?
Photographic examples of the effects of sun glare while driving.

Drivers, unclutter your visor so you can actually use it when you need it.

Sun Glare Causes Commuters Major Headaches
News4 transportation reporter Adam Tuss has several tips on how to stay safe while driving into the sun.

Way too many kids hit by vehicles this 'back to school' week!! Drivers and kids pls slow down and pay attention.

CTV reports sun glare may be cause. RT @CP24: Infants in stroller struck by vehicle in Newmarket, police say.
NEWMARKET, ON - The driver of a vehicle that struck a stroller carrying two infants in Newmarket Friday morning has now been charged, York Regional Police say.
The infants were struck by the vehicle as the car was turning at Eagle Street West and Davis Drive West, just west of Yonge Street, at around 7:25 a.m…

Toronto commuters: Sun glare worst before 7:45 am and after 6:45 pm this week.

Sun glare affects drivers' vision most within about the 1st and last hour of daylight.

Sun glare blamed > Woman injured when car hits her horse and buggy in West Lampeter
WEST LAMPETER, PA -  A young woman was hospitalized Wednesday after a car struck her horse and buggy in West Lampeter Township, police said.

The 21-year-old woman was traveling east in the 1800 block of Rockvale Road when a car driven by Tichaona Kamumvuri, 42, of Lancaster city, hit the rear of the buggy shortly before 8 a.m., township police Officer Melissa Ransing said.

"(Kamumvuri) said he couldn't see her because of the blinding sun," the officer said. "He was coming over a little hill and never saw the buggy."…

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>Leigh Buchan ‏@lives2talk: You made me cry! Glad everyone was OK but poor horse!

>RB: I sure didn't want to make you cry!  But ya, poor horse.  You'd be surprised how many of these types of crashes occur.

>Leigh Buchan‏ @lives2talk: Actually story made me cry! I love horses, especially police horses. Maybe there's something to make carriages more visible!

>RB: Had discussion about that with Ohio State Highway Patrol a few yrs ago.

Another left-turn crash involving sun glare
TERRE HAUTE, IN — Blinding morning sun was a contributing factor in a two-vehicle accident about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday at Third and Farrington streets.

Be careful westbound too b/c brakelights hard to see. MT @AdamTuss: Funny how sun glare can throw off entire morning commute.

And possibly evening too. RT @DopplerDiVegs: Tis the season for morning rush

Back to school driving safety: Early morning drive comes with bright, blinding sun. Have visor and sunglasses ready.

Cheers, Ralph

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