The 4 Dangers of Driving in the Dark

Now that the fall season has arrived, many people will find themselves spending more time driving after sundown. However, night driving presents various hazards that result in car accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.

According to the National Safety County (MSC), fatal traffic accidents are three times greater when it is dark compared to during daylight. Even though there is significantly less traffic on the roads, over 40 percent of all car accident deaths happen during the evenings.

Here are some of the common dangers of nighttime driving:

  • Intoxicated driving The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that almost 30 people die every day in collisions involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. However, driving under the influence of prescription drugs and other controlled substances has increased in recent years. Impaired drivers are often on the road on the weekends between midnight and three in the morning. So whenever you are driving during those times, drive defensively and expect the unexpected.
  • Compromised vision – Even with your headlights on, visibility is limited when it’s dark outside, which essentially results in less reaction time to unexpected road conditions. Additionally, the older you get, the more difficult it is to see when it’s night time. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends you reduce your driving speed during the evenings and check your vision annually.
  • Fatigued driving – The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) claims crashes and near-misses involving drowsy drivers commonly occur between four and six in the morning, between midnight and two in the morning, and between two and four in the afternoon. Fatigued drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident due to drowsiness. When a person loses two hours of sleep, it has the same impact on driving compared to having three beers. Get at least seven hours of sleep at night and avoid driving if you have been awake for at least 16 hours.
  • Rush hour – Rush hour traffic occurs between four and seven in the evening during the weekdays. On top of crowded roads and aggressive drivers, nighttime driving makes these conditions more dangerous. Whenever you experience rush hour traffic, just be as patient as possible, stay in your lane, avoid any distractions, and be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.

If you have suffered an injury in a nighttime car accident caused by a negligent driver in New York City, our experienced legal team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP is here to provide experienced legal help to recover your entitled compensation. For more information, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.

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