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.