Millions of drivers suffer severe injuries from accidents each year. Nearly half of all driving accidents happen at night.
The following are a few common dangers for drivers at night:
While drivers have some natural night vision, it isn’t strong enough for drivers to see in the dark without lights. Dark streets, burnt-out headlights and driving without lights can make it not only harder for drivers to see obstacles but harder for other drivers to see vehicles. Someone may also experience glare from drivers using their high beams.
Distracted driving happens when a driver looks away from the road or takes their hands off the wheel. Distracted driving is dangerous any time of the day. Phones are the most common driving distraction, but the phone’s light can also reduce a driver’s vision.
Driving while drunk reduces people’s judgment and reaction speed. There may be more drunk drivers at night after bars close. Drunk drivers may also be more likely to speed or drive aggressively.
Driving while tired can have similar effects as drunk driving. A drowsy driver may struggle to judge distances, drive erratically and even fall asleep behind the wheel. Drivers are often more tired at night after driving long distances or leaving work.
Drivers may have more accidents driving on unknown roads at night. Drivers may be less likely to see obstacles and dangers on roads they don’t frequently drive. Some dangers on unknown roads may include sharp turns and potholes.
Drivers who are injured or suffered losses after a car accident may be entitled to compensation. Find out more about your legal rights to understand what steps to take.