Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Bill 266 back in March. The legislation was created to set rules related to headlight, signal light and brake light color in support of increased motor vehicle safety. As of July 1, the law went into effect and says that headlights on motor vehicles, motorcycles, and motor-driven cycles may display only white or amber light. Rear signal lamps on the rear of a vehicle must display only red light, amber light or any shade of color between red and amber. If you have previously modified your vehicle’s lights, you are responsible for making the changes. Here is what you need to know.
Manufacturer lights, such as bright LED shades that may appear blue are still OK.
In Indiana, there are already laws in place prohibiting modifications to a motor vehicle’s sound system, muffler, frame and suspension, engines, some lights, windows and glass tinting and any modification of a vehicle, outside of factory standards or without manufacturers approval ratings, could reduce its handling, safety or performance. Insurance, warranty and service plans may be affected, and coverage rates for risky drivers who modify will likely increase. If a driver modified their vehicle and was then involved in an accident, some insurers may deny coverage and the owner may be liable for any damages.
Illegal, higher voltage colored lights aren’t typically factory standard and owners usually install them for personal and aesthetic or performance-enhancing
reasons. While personalizing a vehicle may be exciting for some car owners, it can pose a risk to motorists not used to seeing the colored lights on passenger vehicles. After-market headlights or fog lights may be excessively bright or positioned in a manner that can potentially blind other drivers or confuse them as designated colored lights are meant for emergency vehicles only. In addition, the rewiring or modification of a vehicle’s structure could make a motor vehicle and its safety features less reliable. Common aftermarket modification owners make include:
These motor vehicle modifications sometimes make a car, truck, or motorcycle more dangerous to drive and damage from installation can cause trouble on the roadway. Whether minor or catastrophic, most car accidents often involve some form of trauma, be it physical, emotional or both. Common injuries from motor vehicle accidents include:
Those involved or injured in an accident involving a modified vehicle, may be entitled to a number of different types of damages under Indiana law. Some of the more common types of damages in accident cases are: reasonable and necessary medical expenses, lost earnings, reduced earning capacity in the future, future medical expenses and prescriptions, pain and suffering, and permanent impairment.
Drivers are responsible for making sure their vehicle is safe for the road. If an owner has made the choice to install vehicle modifications after market and the changes cause an accident or injury to others, they should be held accountable. If you have been injured in a wreck caused by a modified car, truck or motorcycle, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation.
We have recovered millions in compensation for victims injured in auto related accidents. Handling a claim professionally will take time, but it could be worth thousands you may not have received otherwise. Your case will most always be worth more when presented by legal counsel. If we don’t recover for you, you don’t owe us a penny as we work on a contingency fee. There is no charge as we will advance all expenses on your behalf and ensure you don’t pay anything until we win.
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