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Sun glare cited in car-bicycle accident

A driver involved in a fatal accident with a cyclist has reportedly stated that sun glare prevented him from seeing the bicycle in time to avoid the accident, which occurred at 5:35 p.m. in March. According to news reports, the driver told police that the sun was directly in his eyes as he was making a left turn at 15 mph. Sun glare can be an important consideration when investigating traffic accidents. Astronomical tables and calculations allow accident investigators to determine the sun’s position in the sky at the time of an accident to evaluate a driver’s claims of sun glare. This evaluation can be aided by computer animations or by returning to the accident scene at a time when the sun’s position is similar to the time of the accident and making observations.

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