Law Firm Tells Consumers Any Aftermarket Tint Is Illegal

April 15th, 2015 by Casey Flores

Most of us never thought we’d hear a statement like this one … especially from a law firm, but we did: “Most experts agree that any aftermarket tinting is illegal.”

The law firm of Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Barry P. Goldberg, which specializes in automobile accident cases, wants potential clients to know its lawyers will help make the case that tinted windows caused or contributed to the accident they were in.

In a blog titled “Do Tinted Windows Cause Car Accidents?” the law firm alleges that not only is aftermarket tinting illegal, but it can also “drastically reduce visibility.”

Barry P. Goldberg says most experts say aftermarket tint is illegal.

Barry P. Goldberg says most experts say aftermarket tint is illegal.

The blog only specifies “illegal” tint in select areas, including mentioning California’s current tint laws require 70 percent visual light transmission for front windows and that the back windows have no specified requirements.

“If you are in an auto accident that you believe was caused by the other driver’s tinted windows, be sure to take pictures of the car and the scene before the evidence is removed or destroyed,” the blog reads. “Indeed, whether the windows were tinted could become an important part of the theory of liability that your experienced personal injury attorney uses to help you recover financial damages for your injury.”

Kristen Dennis, an attorney at Barry P. Goldberg, says she’s not sure why the blog was dispersed through JD Supra, which ran the company’s blog as a press release. The blog, however, was written to inform and educate, not to target people with tinted windows or offer legal advice, she says.

“If someone believes they may have a potential claim, we want to let them know that we’re available if they need it,” she says. When asked about the statement claiming “most experts agree that any aftermarket tinting is illegal,” she sent the link to a San Diego Union-Tribune article which states “Auto manufacturers make cars with a light tint because federal rules mandate a minimum of 70 percent of light get through [but] for most tint-shop customers, that is not at all what they have in mind.”

Brad Campbell, president and CEO of Campbell Window Film, has four locations in the Los Angeles area, where Goldberg is based.

“It doesn’t surprise me. I would guess he’s had a similar case come across his desk that alerted him this might be another avenue to go down,” Campbell says, though he admits this is the first he’s heard of it.

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  1. This does not surprise me, as any law firm attempts to find any flaw or any law that could increase their cash flow for/or potential class-action, however if they looked at federal regulations DOT standards on window film they would clearly understand the window film if installed legally actually aids in visual availability by dramatically reducing glare to the vehicle operator, reducing heat admitted into the vehicle, and blocking 99% of Harmful ultraviolet rays making drivability a lot more comfortable similar to why we wear sunglasses during our day drive. If window film was installed illegal this still remains the responsibility of the vehicle owner to maintain their vehicle and keep their vehicle within a state law and federal law similar to making sure all lights function correctly on the vehicle before they are driving, example making sure tires are inflated correctly and have tolerable tread depth for safety and optimum performance. I believe this would be an incredibly hard case to prove it is not the operators mistake that involves an accident as that driver took it upon themselves to apply illegal window tint and failed to follow state and federal laws. It is our responsibility as a driver to make sure our vehicles are safe to drive before ever starting to operate one.

  2. What an irresponsible thing to do. It’s already hard enough to get reasonable business insurance at a reasonable rate.

  3. It’s funny how these “People” are Window Tint EXPERTS, when they DON’T have Window Tint on their own Vehicle. Take a picture of the vehicle involved in the accident!!!! First off, the outside will look alot darker, make sure to take the picture sitting in the Drivers seat, looking out !!!!! Look @ House & Building Windows on a Sunny day, they look dark W/no Tint. You can have 30% Film on two Cars, Sunroof W/light color interior, and Black Interior W/NO Sunroof, looking out is the same, looking in is totally different. 29 year Film Installer

  4. 29 Years Installing Window Film and the #1 Customer “ALWAYS” asking for Darker than what the LAW allows are Police Officers on their Personal Vehicles. When I let them know the legal limit, they say “I am the law”

  5. Here is a good one for you. Trucks and SUV’s are ALLOWED DARK on all Windows behind the Drivers & Passenger doors. Cars have DIFFERENT laws, in most States Back Windows CANNOT be DARK. I’VE seen GUN RACKS in Back windows of Trucks, in Cars I see Rear Facing infants W/Sun Beeming in on them !!

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