As an adult, you know certain things about yourself that you may not have known when you were just a teenager. For example, you know how you like your coffee and the way you prefer your eggs in the morning. You know if you are funny, shy, or outspoken. You also know what your most productive hours of the day—if you prefer to rise with the sun or if you are more of an up all night type. However, whether you are an early bird or a night owl, one thing remains true—driving at night is dangerous for everyone. In fact, nighttime driving is more dangerous than daytime driving, despite the fact the roadways are far less congested. Even though approximately 75 percent of all driving happens during the day, more than 50 percent of all driving deaths happen at night. What makes night time driving so dangerous? The following are the five main culprits:
- Impaired drivers. It is estimated that 30 people die daily in crashes involving a drunk driver according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drunk driving while a problem at any time of the day, is especially deadly at night. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2014, drunk driving involvement in fatal crashes was four times higher at night compared to the daytime.
- Driving at night is challenging because so many Americans are already sleep deprived and are now driving at a time when they are usually asleep. The times that the highest amount of crashes or near-misses occur are at times most people, even night owls, are in bed: 4 am – 6 am and midnight – 2 a.m. Alcohol usage and even some drugs can also play a factor in causing a driver to become drowsy.
- Cell phone usage. While cell phone usage is a big distraction for all motorists, it is also something that becomes even more dangerous when done at night. Motorists who are looking down at their illuminated screen to dial a phone number or text, need time for their eyes to adjust back to the dark road ahead.
- Decreased night vision. Our night vision is what allows us to see in low-light conditions. As we age, our night-vision becomes poorer. In other words, a driver in his or her 50’s may need twice as much light to see as well as a driver who is only in his or her 30’s. If you find that your night vision is too compromised, it is best to restrict driving to daytime driving only.
- Even with great night vision, a motorist can only see approximately 250 feet in front of them with normal headlights and about 500 feet with high beams. The lack of light also makes it difficult to see road hazards, like animals who may have wandered onto the road or a piece of debris, until it is too late to avoid a crash.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in a night-time auto accident, you owe it to yourself to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as early as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can examine the facts of your case and determine whether you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are compassionate advocates who understand the devastating impact a serious car crash can have on a victim and his or her family. You can trust our team of qualified attorneys to help you get back on your feet fast. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our veteran injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.