While most driving activity occurs during daytime hours, the risk of a fatal car accident is nearly three times greater when driving at night despite fewer cars on the road. Driving at night poses unique risks that all drivers should be aware of to best protect themselves and other motorists while on the road.
The most obvious risk of nighttime driving is compromised vision. The lack of light greatly decreases depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision, which can seriously impact driving ability. Additionally, the inability to see far ahead limits driver reaction and stopping time when responding to any obstacles or hazards on the road. To make matters worse, headlights from vehicles traveling the opposite direction can cause temporary blindness in drivers.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that 37% of Americans have fallen asleep at the wheel. That’s a staggering 103 million people. While fatigued driving is most often associated with the trucking industry, with 60% of Americans admitting to driving while fatigued, the problem is widespread and it can happen to anyone.
Driving Under the Influence
Impaired drivers are most likely to be on the roadways at night between midnight and 3:00 a.m. With over 121 million drivers admitting to driving under the influence each year, the potential for an accident is catastrophic. Driving under the influence decreases the driver’s ability to make decisions, multitask, control the vehicle, control speed, and respond to situations.
Driving is a responsibility, not a right. All drivers should ensure they are up to the task of driving before they get behind the wheel. However, drivers don’t always do so. Things like distractions, impairment, and fatigued driving all contribute to thousands of preventable motor vehicle accidents each year.
Houston Car Accident Attorneys
Victims of car accidents must often contend with insurance companies and other entities standing in the way of a fair settlement for their damages. If a negligent driver hurt you while driving at night, call the experienced Houston car accident attorneys at Plezia & Associates today for a free consultation to discuss your case.