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Can Broken Tail Lights Cause Rear-End Collisions?

Can Broken Tail Lights Cause Rear-End Collisions?

Vehicle maintenance plays an essential role in drivers’ safety. In 2004, the Car Care Counsil stated car accidents which occurred due to lack of vehicle maintenance totaled almost $2 billion just that year. Of course, this puts the safety of drivers and all who share the road at extreme risk for severe injuries and fatalities.

Some individuals may think that minor car issues are not important. But, did you know that even broken, blinking, or tinted tail lights cause be the cause of serious vehicle collisions? That is why it is important to perform the proper maintenance on every aspect of your car, including your tail lights.

What are the Texas Laws Regarding Tail Lights?

The Texas Department of Public Safety lists various restrictions and standard about tail lights to keep drivers safe while behind the wheel. Below is a list of specific regulations.

  • Every vehicle must have two working tail lights and brake lights
  • A vehicle’s brake lights must create a red or amber colored light
  • Brake lights must be visible to other drivers from of distance of 300 feet or more
  • Brake lights must appear when the driver pushes the brake pedal
  • Tail light lenses should be the original lenses from the manufacturer if they are in good condition
  • Tail light lenses should be clear
  • Light bulbs for brake lights should be red LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights that pass state inspection
  • It is illegal to install any device that impairs the effectiveness of tail lights. These impairments can include the following:
    • Dark lenses
    • Dark bulbs
    • Different colored bulbs
    • Bulbs that are not DOT approved

A car without proper working tail lights and brake lights can create unnecessary hazards for other motorists sharing the road.

Injured in a Car Accident? Contact The Daspit Law Firm

If you have been harmed in an accident due to another driver’s lack of vehicle maintenance, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for the following expenses.

  • Medical expenses
  • Chiropractic services
  • Lost wages
  • Doctor visits
  • Physical therapy
  • Emotional distresses

The Austin car accident attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm understand the hardships a person can experience after a car accident. That’s why we are here. Our team is devoted to helping those who have been harmed by negligent drivers. If you have been hurt in an accident, it is important to seek experienced legal representation from an Austin car accident lawyer today.

Call The Daspit Law Firm today and see how we can help you get on the road to recovery.