Monday, February 3, 2014

Sun Glare While Driving – January 2014

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).

No wonder sun glare is bad in in winter. Max height of sun in Toronto on Dec 21 is equiv to that at 8:00am/6:40pm on Jun 21.

And many of my cases involve left turns > Pedestrian accidents in Ridgewood have left turns in common |

A driver makes a left turn onto Walnut Street from Franklin Avenue. A large percentage of accidents involving pedestrians occur when drivers are turning left.

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - For drivers who have hit a pedestrian in a Ridgewood crosswalk, the most common issue appears to be left turns.

A driver makes a left turn onto Walnut Street from Franklin Avenue. A large percentage of accidents involving pedestrians occur when drivers are turning left. Based on a study by The Ridgewood News of all pedestrian accident reports in the past three years, in about 65 percent of the 40 incidents involving pedestrians hit in a crosswalk - the most typical accident situation - drivers were turning left. In all but one of those 26 incidents, the driver was turning into a road across which a pedestrian was walking. It was the same story again and again in the police reports: Drivers turning left did not see the pedestrian, who occasionally also noted not seeing the driver, until hitting him or her. Occasionally, "sun glare," darkness or the vehicle's frame were blamed for obstructing the view…

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Low sun this time of year can make brake lights hard to see.

Cold causes crashes on our roads | CTV News 

BARRIE, ON - It was bitterly cold again on Friday but the sky was clear, the winds were calm and we weren’t getting flurries. Despite that we still saw a number of crashes on our road.

Early Friday morning, all southbound lanes on Highway 400 between Highways 89 and 88 were closed for about an hour after a three vehicle crash. Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A short time later a mini-van rolled in Barrie. The female driver told police she was temporarily blinded by the sun…

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Sun glare dangerous even at low speeds > Carwash crash blamed on sun glare |

LA PORTE, IN - A driver said sun glare is to blame after he hit the car in front of him while exiting the Tiny Bubbles Car Wash here, the Herald Argus reported.

The Dec. 31 story said the driver said he didn't know the car in front of him had stopped. A carwash employee was in the middle of the two cars, drying off a vehicle, when it happened.

Three police cars, an ambulance and two fire trucks were called to the scene.

The employee suffered leg injuries and was taken to the hospital...

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First time I've ever heard of hwy being closed due to sun glare.  Good call!

DENVER, CO - CDOT: EB I-70 closed MM244 Floyd Hill due to sun glare. CDOT Ops Ctr says may be 1st time hwy closed for sun glare prior to an accident.

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Pedestrians, please make eye contact with drivers instead of your cell phones - much safer!

Sun glare off glass building a problem at corner where Denver pedestrian killed | KWGN News

(Credit: Google Maps)

DENVER, CO - Denver Police investigate their first deadly hit-and-run accident this year.

A woman died crossing the street at S. Colorado Blvd. and E. Exposition Ave.

Witnesses say the 40-year-old woman was in the crosswalk — moving east to west, on Exposition — but she never made it across.

They say an older white car turning right onto S. Colorado from Exposition hit her, then reportedly drove over her and took off — leaving her to die in the street…

“This intersection is notorious for being very crowded. Traffic on Colorado Boulevard–people don’t stop,” says neighbor Iris Foster.

She also says sun glare from the big “glass” building on the east side of the street can make it hard to see pedestrians in the well-traveled crosswalk…

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Rear-ended due to sun glare > $470,000 settlement for rear-ended city bus driver on Staten Island


STATEN ISLAND, NY - A city bus driver from Port Richmond hurt when a sun-blinded van driver rear-ended his stopped bus in Annadale more than three years ago, has settled his lawsuit for $470,000, his lawyer said.

Jesse Kilcullen, 46, suffered back injuries in the Sept. 7, 2010 incident, said court papers.

It occurred about 4:15 p.m. on Arthur Kill Road at Woodrow Road, said Jonathan D'Agostino, Kilcullen's Eltingville-based lawyer.

According to the police accident report, Kilcullen, who was driving a Charleston-bound S74 bus on Arthur Kill, had pulled over at the bus stop on Woodrow Road.

Joseph Basile was driving a Verizon van in the same direction when he ran into the back of the bus, said court records.

Basile told cops that sun glare obstructed his vision and he didn't see the bus in time to stop, the police accident report said…

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Tips for dealing with sun glare > Police motorcycle training – Riding at Dawn | Super-Visor – by Sergeant Rob Grimsley

It is very important when riding at dawn to be very aware of unexpected sun glare. I’m writing this training article on a real life experience that recently happened to me in hopes that it will help to alert my fellow motor officers.

Last month (October 2005) at around 7:30 in the morning, I was headed to work traffic enforcement at a local school. The weather conditions on that day were clear and sunny. Morning traffic is always slow on the Interstate. I was traveling with speeds fluctuating from 25 to 35 MPH

The sun was extremely bright and because I was traveling from west to east the occasional glare was blinding even though I was wearing sunglasses. As I crested the top of a bridge the unexpected happened. The sun suddenly blinded me at the same time a Ford Explorer came to an abrupt stop in front of me. Because the unexpected sun glare temporarily blinded I never saw the brake lights or the vehicles ahead of me slowing to a stop until it was too late…

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> Mark Dixon ‏@Claytonsafety @SunPosition Do you know of many companies who provide sunglasses for their drivers as part of their #roadrisk policy?

> @Claytonsafety Mark, great idea, but I am not aware of any firms that provide sunglasses for their drivers. 1/2

> @Claytonsafety In some jurisdictions professional drivers may claim sunglasses as an expense. 2/2

> Mark Dixon ‏@Claytonsafety @SunPosition Thanks Ralph. Am doing some work with a fire service and they are looking at the issue for response drivers. Cheers. M

Morning glare may have caused Nashua crash that seriously injured pedestrian | The Telegraph


    NASHUA, NH – Police are considering whether glare from the morning sun contributed to a Monday morning crash on Amherst Street that seriously injured a 55-year-old Nashua man.

    Police identified the victim of the crash as Kevin Johnson but did not release the name of the 21-year-old female driver who struck him.

    Johnson was crossing the four-lane road around 9 a.m. near Nashua Community College and the minivan that hit him was driving east.

    Nashua police Lt. Michael Moushegian said it’s possible that “solar glare” contributed to the crash, given the sunny morning…

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    Police briefs: Sun’s glare leads to crashes | Kamloops This Week

    KAMLOOPS, BC - Glare from the sun is being blamed by drivers of vehicles involved in collisions on the North Shore on Saturday, Jan. 11, within an hour of each other.

    One involved two cars on the Halston Connector at 9:23 a.m., when an eastbound  Cadillac collided with a Honda Civic travelling south at the intersection of Salish Road and the connector…

    At about 10 a.m. that day, another two-car collision took place at the intersection of Fortune Drive and Nelson Avenue when a southbound Ford Fusion hit a westbound Honda Civic...

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    Sun blinds pilot on landing | General Aviation News

    WALTERBORO, SC - What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in the late afternoon on a runway with a westerly heading.

    During the landing roll, the afternoon sun “blinded” the pilot, limiting his vision. The airplane drifted off the right side of the runway, encountered soft ground, and veered into a ditch.

    Probable cause: The pilot’s loss of directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion. Contributing to the accident was the sun glare…

    NTSB Identification: ERA12CA156

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    Summit Police Chief Discusses 'Perception vs. Reality' Regarding Pedestrian Safety | Summit Patch

    SUMMIT, NJ - Summit Police Chief Robert Weck has issued the following statement regarding pedestrian safety:

    "With the recent accident in which a crossing guard was struck by a motor vehicle as she walked back to the curb and the comments/thoughts it has generated about pedestrian safety, I wanted to communicate with the public about “perception vs. reality” as well as share what the Summit Police have been doing to address it.

    Let me start off with saying that even one pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle is one too many, and we will continue to do what we’ve been doing -- and that is, to utilize the three E’s of traffic safety: Education, Engineering and Enforcement to ensure motorists and pedestrians alike are safe when crossing, walking near or driving on our roadways.

    For a variety of reasons, the public may not be aware of the actual motor vehicle accident statistics and/or safety initiatives being conducted by the police department and other city departments. I have provided those statistics on pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents below to ensure that the correct information as well as a consistent message from the City is received…”

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    Bellevue Shop Owner Dies After Struck Crossing Road | Portsmouth, RI Patch


    NEWPORT, RI - A 59-year-old Middletown woman died Thursday night after she was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Bellevue Avenue in Newport…

    Sun glare may have been a factor, said Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald.

    This was the second fatal pedestrian accident in the area within a week…

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    Many collisions occur in 'good weather'. "Hey, it was nice and sunny out." Oh the dangers of sun glare!

    David Irving cycle crash death: Visibility 'was good' | BBC News

    Mountbatten Way, Southampton

    SOUTHAMPTON, UK - Visibility before a fatal crash in which a cyclist was allegedly knocked off his bike by a van's wing mirror was "very good", a court has heard.

    David Irving, 48, from Wimborne, Dorset, was cycling in Southampton when the collision happened on 17 December 2012. He died at the scene.

    Steven Petterson, 38, who denies causing his death, told police his vision was restricted by the low sun.

    Sgt Rob Heard told jurors visibility on the morning was "very good".

    He added conditions were "clear, sun out with a little bit of cloud"…

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    Sun glare possible cause of crash in Rolex 24 at Daytona

    Memo Gidley's Corvette is hauled away on a wrecker.

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli were transported to a hospital Saturday following a two-car accident right before the three-hour mark of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

    Gidley, driving for the pole-winning GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team, had to be cut out of the No. 99 Corvette.

    The accident occurred when Gidley plowed into the slower Ferrari, from the GT Le Mans class, driven by Malucelli. The cars were heading into the kink in the infield portion of Daytona International Speedway and driving into the glare of the sun…

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    David Irving cycle crash death: Sun 'blinding', court hears | BBC News

    SOUTHAMPTON, UK - Weather conditions on the day a cyclist died on a busy commuter road were "blinding", the trial of the driver accused of killing him has heard.

    David Irving, 48, of Dorset, died when he came off his bicycle on Mountbatten Way in Southampton on 17 December 2012.

    The city's crown court has heard minibus driver Steve Petterson, 38, who denies causing the cyclist's death, clipped Mr Irving with his wing mirror.

    Witness Clive Jones told the court the sun had affected visibility that day.

    'Just a whiteout'

    The commuter, who was riding his scooter at the time of the crash, told the court: "I was doing about 40mph, no more than 45mph.

    "It was blinding. My first reaction, if I couldn't see, was to take my hand off the throttle. I was concerned about traffic going into the back of me.

    "It all happened in such a quick time. It was just a whiteout.

    "I couldn't really see anything at that point. Even with my sun visor pulled down. It was the glare that just hit me."…

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    Backplates on traffic signals reduce effect of sun glare, crashes down 31% in test | FHWA Safety

    Figure 3-15. Traffic Signals with Backplates.

    Backplates, as shown in Figure 3-15, are commonly used to improve the signal visibility by providing a black background around the signals, thereby enhancing the contrast. They are particularly useful for signals oriented in an east-west direction to counteract the glare effect of the rising and setting sun or areas of visually complex backgrounds…

    At six locations of varying types in Winston-Salem, NC backplates were added to signal displays on one or more approaches to call attention to the signal display. Angle crashes caused by motorists on the approach where the backplates were installed declined by more than 31 percent at all locations combined…

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    Couple, toddler miraculously survive crash with tractor-trailer caused by sun glare | WPXI News

    Chartiers Township crash  photo

    CHARTIERS TOWNSHIP, PA - A woman, man and toddler miraculously survived a crash caused by sun glare in Chartiers Township Wednesday.

    Police said the driver couldn’t see in front of him as his car flew underneath a tractor-trailer…

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    Cheers, Ralph

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