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5 causes of nighttime car accidents 

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2023 | Car Accidents

Driving at night can be peaceful and calming. But, few people enjoy driving at night because there may be a higher chance of accidents.

This can seem strange since there are so few drivers at night. Here’s what you should know:

1. The visibility is lowered 

The most common issue that drivers face at night is impaired visibility. On normal nights, drivers may struggle to see objects that are outside of their front lights. Their visibility may be more impaired on nights when there’s fog or rain. If a driver can’t see what’s in front of them, they may not see other drivers before an accident. 

2. Drunk drivers are more common

You’re likely to face more drunk drivers at night than during the day. Alcohol-impaired people’s senses and focus, which can be dangerous behind the wheel. Drunk drivers who circumvent the police may end up swerving or violating traffic laws and cause accidents. 

3. Drowsy drivers are all over

Many people just leaving work often don’t realize just how tired they are. Statistically speaking, drowsy drivers have as much of a chance of causing auto accidents as drunk drivers. Drowsiness can impair people’s focus, vision and judgment. A driver who is tired may fall asleep behind the wheel and lose control of their vehicle. 

4. Drivers are more inclined to speed

There are a lot fewer drivers on the road at night. There may be people who take advantage of the clear roads and speed. Speeding lowers a driver’s control over their vehicle and they may have a higher chance of running red lights and stop signs. Because of this, speeding drivers may not have the chance to stop before colliding with another car.

5. Phone use is a constant issue

Phones can create several problems when driving at night. First, phones are distracting. Even a second of distracted driving could cause an auto accident.

Second, bright lights, such as from a phone, can cause issues with a driver’s visibility. It may take several seconds before a driver’s eyes adjust to the darkness after looking at their phone. Because of this, their vision may be impaired, which can lead to an accident.

You may be a safe driver, but others often aren’t. If you end up in an auto accident, it may help to understand your legal options to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. 

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