Can Tinted Windows Cause a Car Accident?

Tinted windows are popular for various reasons. Many drivers believe that tinted windows improve the look of their vehicles. Other motorists have more practical reasons, like reducing glare or eyestrain. However, there are far more serious issues to consider before adding after-market tinting to a vehicle’s windows. The most important of which is that tinted windows have been linked to car accidents. In the wake of a serious accident, tinted windows can become a persuasive factor in determining which driver is deemed liable.

Why Do Motorists Get Tinted Windows?

In many cases, the decision to get tinted windows is a matter of personal style. Some people simply like the look. In other cases, the reason behind the decision is more pragmatic. For example, tinted windows provide some privacy and alleviate the effects of harsh sunlight. In the summer, tinting can alleviate the heat in a car. At all times of the year, it can shield a driver from sun glare or light reflecting off driving surfaces. In winter, tinted windows can help with the harsh shine from the accumulation of snow on the roads or in roadside banks.

Window tinting is said to alleviate eyestrain and tension headaches that may cause driver fatigue. Tinting is also helpful in preventing sun exposure that may lead to skin cancer.

What are the Dangers of Tinted Windows?

A vehicle with tinted windows can cause visibility issues for the driver, especially at night. While the reduction of daytime sun glare seems useful, in low light, tinted windows may be as dangerous as wearing sunglasses at night.

Danger also exists on the other side of the glass. Drivers who cannot see past the tint might not be able to make eye contact. The same is true for pedestrians and cyclists who must assess whether or not a driver sees them in order to safely proceed. This is also a serious issue for law enforcement, who may need to see into a vehicle to determine if there is a threat inside. In many areas, this uncertainty has led to laws making after-market window tinting illegal.

Are Tinted Windows Illegal?

Federal law regulates tinting on vehicle windows during manufacturing. These laws establish that auto companies must ensure that 70 percent of visible light be penetrable through the vehicle’s windshield. The side front windows must allow at least 27 percent of visible light into the vehicle. A higher degree of tinting is allowable on back side windows and the rear panel window. The tint to be used must not increase the window’s reflectiveness; any glare bouncing off the window could potentially affect other drivers.

After-market tinting is readily available and not regulated. In areas where heavy tinting is illegal, the car owner would be given a ticket that involves a fine and a promise to remove the tint. If tinted windows are the cause of an accident, the costs could be immense. The at-fault driver might even be held liable for damages.

Media Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Protect the Rights of Those Injured by Negligent Drivers

If you were injured by a driver in a car that had tinted windows, you may be able to claim damages. The Media car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello can help you hold the at-fault party responsible for your damages. Call us at (610) 892-4940 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester.

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2023-03-01
I have known Deb for years now and it all started in 2009 when I got hurt and needed legal help with my workers comp. I randomly chose Deb because of the things I read on her website and I liked that she had a take charge attitude about just about everything. She out-lawyered someone and got me more in a settlement for that and then also worked with me on another case and won that one as well for me. If you get to know Deb and her personal story, you will get to know an amazing single mom who has had her own struggles and has come out so much stronger. She will fight for you if you do your part as a client and follow her guidance. I have now used two women lawyers in Media and three men and I actually found the two women far more effective and both won my cases that the men lost. Without Deb and my other lawyer winning the cases for me that they did - I could have found myself disabled for good with no money to pay for the life I live because I can’t work now. I credit my ability to be able to eat and have transportation and all. I couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work they did for me. Deb has won two of my cases and I would absolutely refer others to her for the same kinds of cases and I would use her again if I ever needed her help again!
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2019-09-24
If you ever need a worker’s compensation attorney, I highly suggest using Deborah Truscello. I had a work accident injury and was referred to Deborah. She was with me every step of the way, with this long-drawn-out process. She was there any time I had questions or needed advice on my rehabilitation. Now my case is settled. I am very happy how things turned out and I owe it all to her. I can't thank her enough. I will use her again if I ever need too.
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2019-09-01
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2019-05-18
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