It is easier than you might think to smash a headlight or taillight on your vehicle. You might reverse into a parking space and not see a pillar or rail sticking out ready to crunch into your taillight. If this happens, always make sure to replace the taillight or headlight as soon as you can. The lights on your vehicle are important because not only do they help you to see and improve the visibility, but they will also help others to see where you are. If a light is smashed and damaged, chances are the blinker will not work as well. This is a safety hazard because the vehicles around you will not know which way you would be turning. This can also lead to an accident that could have been prevented.
Knowing if the entire headlight or taillight should be replaced is based on how badly damaged it is. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. We can also recommend what the best option would be. If the bulb has been smashed you will need to replace it. The same applies to the actual casing around the bulb. If half of it is missing and the other half is in tiny shards, you are not going to be able to do a proper repair job. However, you might occasionally get lucky and find that your taillight is merely scratched or cracked. If this is the case a minor repair job may be all that is needed to repair it sufficiently.
Another important thing to think about if you do have a smashed headlight or taillight is that it will reduce your level of safety on the road today. The headlights help you to see in front of you when you drive. They also increase your visibility while driving at night. Also make sure that the headlights are aligned properly. If the headlight is facing the center of the road you might think this would not be a problem. This can cause an issue because other people will be less likely to see where you are.
Overall, it does not matter how the headlight or taillight got broken in the first place. It is important to get it mended as soon as you possibly can. You should certainly try and get it fixed before you head out onto the road. This can help decrease the chance of an accident. Having the lights fixed can improve the safety and reliability of the vehicle.