How safe is it to drive at night?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Many people drive at night. Drivers may be returning from long work shifts, heading out to start their night shifts or traveling long distances. While traffic is often lighter at night, that doesn’t mean driving at night is safer than the day. 

It’s estimated that half of all fatal car accidents happen at night. An auto accident at any time of day can also lead to traumatic head and spine injuries. These injuries could cause victims to suffer from long-term disabilities. There’s more you should know:

4 causes of nighttime auto accidents

While some causes of auto accidents can happen at any time of the day, there are some unique causes of accidents that only happen at night. Here are several causes of auto accident: 

  • Blinding lights: Drivers could be blinded by bright lights while driving. A bright light could cause drivers to lose their natural night vision, which can take several seconds before it returns. A bright light could be caused by another car or by a driver using their phone.
  • Speeding: Some drivers may be more inclined to speed at night because there is less traffic and law enforcement. A driver who speeds may struggle to control their vehicle during turns, which could cause a crash. A driver may also have difficulties stopping their car to avoid a collision if they are speeding.
  • Drunk driving: Many people drive home late at night when bars close. A driver who has been drinking will likely experience impaired vision and focus, both of which are crucial for safe driving.
  • Drowsy driving: Drivers may experience drowsiness after working late. Drowsiness can also cause focus issues and impaired vision. A drowsy driver may also fall asleep behind the wheel and lose control of their vehicle. 

People who have suffered from auto accidents may be eligible for compensation for their injuries, losses and medical bills. Victims who understand their legal rights may have a higher chance of benefiting from auto accident claims.