Are Car Accidents More Likely At Night?
Night driving can be dangerous. After all, drivers rely on their sense of sight to make safe decisions on the road, and when light is low it can be harder to correctly judge distances and react to unexpected changes. Car headlights and lights on roads and highways help, but limited light can still create risks.
Of course, there are other times beyond the nighttime hours when accident risks spike as well. For example, rush hour carries risks because there are more cars on the road and some of those drivers are in a rush or distracted. Also, the holiday season leads to an increase in accidents and accident injuries.
If you were injured in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey accident when driving at night, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney. A skilled lawyer will assess how much lighting was at the accident site and if there were any additional obstructions that impacted a driver’s ability to see. Then, negligence can be determined and compensation options can be considered.
Things Drivers Can Do to Drive Safely at Night
When your schedule requires night driving, there are things you can do to keep yourself and others on the road safe.
- Do not drive too close to other vehicles. It is important everyone on the road has enough space to stop, if necessary. Headlights allow drivers to see 150-500 feet in front of them, depending on if low beams or high beams are illuminated. Enough distance for safe stopping within that range is important.
- Maintain your vehicle. Vehicular maintenance does require trips to the mechanic for routine checks, but it also includes keeping your windows, mirrors, and windshields clean. When surfaces are dirty, there can be glare when driving in lowlight conditions.
- Interior of the car should be low lit. Dashboard illumination should be at a safe level, so your eye can move between the nighttime lights outside and interior control lights comfortably.
And distractions should be avoided, which is true when driving at night or during the day.
Discuss Your Accident with an Attorney
After a nighttime auto crash or rush hour collision, choose to work with a law firm that understands the intricacies of why accidents occur and who could be negligent. A lawyer knows how to secure a reasonable compensation settlement for your accident injuries and property damage.
Extensive medical expenses and ongoing care can lead to amounts that an insurance company claims they are not obliged to pay. You may have a right to a large settlement, even if an insurance adjuster initially denies your claim. A Bucks County personal injury attorney can handle the complexities of your case.
Did you sustain an injury in a nighttime car accident? Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.