The Unique Hazards of Auto Accidents at Night By Steve Charpentier on June 01, 2017

A blurry road at nightCar accidents can happen at any time of the day, but nighttime driving presents unique hazards that increase the risk of accidents and fatalities. Injury victims of auto accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and other damages. Experienced in cases involving auto accidents at night, the Melbourne, FL legal team of Charpentier Law Firm may be able to help you get the maximum compensation in your personal injury or insurance claim.

If you have been injured in a car accident, we encourage you to contact our law firm today. In the meantime, let's take a moment to consider the unique hazards of nighttime driving, along with some safe driving tips as we discuss auto accidents at night.

The Unique Hazards of Nighttime Driving

Nighttime driving presents unique hazards, which increase the risk of car accidents. Some of these unique hazards include:

  • Lack of sunlight decreases visibility: One of the biggest hazards of nighttime driving is a decrease in visibility simply due to a lack of light. Headlights and streetlights can help nighttime driving, but neither provides as much light as the sun.
  • Drunk drivers are more likely to be on the roads: Drunk drivers are more likely to be on the road at night as people leave parties, dinner, or other events where people often drink.
  • Drowsy drivers can cause accidents: Drowsy drivers are more likely to be on the road at night as people try to fight sleep in the late hours of the night to get to their destinations. Driving while fatigued is dangerous and can cause accidents.
  • Teens driving at night: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had their car accident between 9:00 pm and 5:59 am, with 57 percent of these crashes happening before 12:00 am. Inexperienced teen drivers pose a risk to themselves and other drivers during nighttime driving.

Nighttime Driving Safety Tips

Being an attentive driver is one of the best ways to stay safe while driving. Some other safe driving tips to follow at night include:

  • Don't follow too closely: Keep enough distance between your car and the car in front of you to safely stop
  • Avoid distractions: Avoid distractions at night as it's more difficult to see when it's dark.
  • Keep your windshield clean: Keep your windshield and windows clean to help reduce glare from other cars' headlights. 
  • Don't drive when fatigued: Driving when fatigued is dangerous to yourself and others on the rode. Pull off somewhere safe if you begin to feel drowsy while driving to avoid an accident.
  • Always wear a seat belt: Some people are inclined to forgo their seat belt at night as there is a misconception that less people on the road at night makes the road safer. This is far from the truth and safety belts should be worn anytime you step into a car.
  • Don't drive while under the influence: Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs occurs more frequently at night.

Our Car Accident Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that occurred at night, contact our team of experienced car accident attorneys.

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