All of a sudden you are driving on the highway behind a truck and a small rock gets kicked up towards your windshield causing a small crack. It may seem like a small annoyance and perhaps you do not even want to bother getting it fixed. However, there are several reasons it is critical to have your windshield in good condition when getting behind the wheel.
California Vehicle Code Section 26710 states that it is unlawful to operate any motor vehicle on a highway that has a windshield in such a defective condition as to impair the driver’s vision. This applies both to windshields and rear windows. Even a small crack can be a distraction to a driver and if the sunlight reflects on a crack just right, it can significantly reduce a driver’s visibility.
A windshield and sealant system is meant to keep at least 50 percent of the glass in place during a 30 mph front end collision. This is meant to reduce the chances of a driver or passenger being ejected from the car. A fully functional windshield will also prevent the roof of the car from crushing as much during a rollover crash. However, a small crack in the windshield is a point of failure and the windshield will be unlikely to protect you in the event that you crash before it is repaired or replaced.
The thing about windshield cracks is that they will never repair themselves, but chances are they will get worse if left undealt with. If you catch a small crack early, you may be able to simply repair the existing windshield. However, as the crack grows you will likely go from a repair situation to needing a replacement windshield. Certain conditions, such as a rapid change in temperature will cause the crack to grow before your eyes. So even if you feel safe driving with the crack in its current state, you could end up driving as it creeps across the windshield and detracts from your visibility. Some insurance companies will cover cracked windshields. Even if your insurance company will not pay for the windshield, spending the money to fix it could prevent you from getting a ticket or from being involved in a collision.
While fixing your windshield reduces your odds of causing a crash, it cannot prevent other drivers from causing a crash and harming you. Fixing any cracks in the windshield can protect you from being ejected from the car, crushing injuries, and lacerations, but you may still suffer injuries if you are hit. Should you or a loved one be involved in a traffic collision where another party is liable for your injuries, it is imperative that you file a personal injury claim to seek compensation. The knowledgeable San Jose car accident attorneys at Solution Now Law Firm can guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf. Contact our offices to schedule a free consultation today.
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