As summer comes to an end, the days will become shorter upon the arrival
of the fall and winter season. Many people will find themselves spending
more time driving in the dark. While it doesn’t seem like a huge
deal, the risk of a fatal
car accident is three times greater at night, according to National Safety Council research.
The following are the main reasons why night is the most dangerous time to drive:
Fatigue – According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults
have operated their vehicle while drowsy and another 37% have fallen asleep
at some point behind the wheel. Fatigued driving puts everyone on the
road at risk. Tired motorists are three times more likely to be involved
in an accident if they are fatigued.
Compromised vision – While we are capable of seeing in low-light conditions, we have
greater difficulty seeing at night the older we get. A person in their
fifties may need twice as much light as someone in their thirties.
Drunk drivers – Whether it is alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescribed medicines,
intoxicated driving is one of the main causes of car accidents in the
United States. Impaired drivers are most frequently on the road in the evenings.
Rush hour – Between 4 and 7 PM, even rush hour is a dangerous time to drive
since the roadways are crowded with cars and drivers are eager to get
home after their work day ends.
So the next time you drive at night, keep in mind the increased dangers
associated with that time of day. While we do only one-quarter of our
driving in the evening, 50% of traffic fatalities occur at night.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver
request a free consultation with our Woodstock personal injury lawyers at
Warlick & Craig, P.C. today.