When drivers use their headlights at all times, studies have shown that the number of accidents drops by close to 10 percent overall. It also results in a 5.7 percent reduction in two-car crashes and a 23 percent reduction in motorcycle accidents involving vehicles going in the opposite direction. Finally, the number of accidents involving cars and pedestrians drops 12 percent when drivers use their headlights during the day. This is because cars are more visible even when it is clear and the sun is out.
Research has shown that there may also be a correlation between using headlights during the day and lower crash rates in Denmark and Canada. While using headlights at all hours may make the roads safer, most cars sold in the U.S. do not have daytime running lamps. The government does not mandate that new cars or trucks come with them standard. Therefore, it has been suggested that drivers simply turn on their lights whenever they are behind the wheel.
It may cost as little as $3 a year to do so depending on what types of lights a car has according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Education may be the best way to encourage drivers to always use their headlights. Many do not know about the link between headlight use and a reduction in accidents. However, many drivers may be more likely to take this step if they knew how easy and inexpensive it could be.
Those who are involved in car accidents that were caused by an inattentive driver often require extensive medical treatment for their injuries. They might find it advisable to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for their losses.