The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that nationwide approximately 49% of all car accidents happen at night. There are many hazards a person can encounter when they are driving at night some which cannot easily be seen.
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, more than 290,200 collisions were reported throughout the state in 2011. Of these accidents nearly 30% were reported during the evening hours on roadways that were lit and not lit.
The graduated drivers licensing program in Ohio requires drivers under the age of 18 to complete at least 10 hours of nighttime driving. The dangers of driving at night are known and unfortunately many motorists fail to follow proper precautions when stepping behind the wheel after the sun has set.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a nighttime crash caused by a negligent or careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Causes Of Nighttime Collisions
Visibility is of the utmost importance when you’re behind the wheel, at night the decreased visibility can endanger yourself and your fellow motorists. Certain drivers such as the elderly and those with vision problems are more likely to experience visibility problems when driving at night.
Some other common causes of nighttime collisions include:
- Driving Under the Influence
- Drowsy Driving
- Distracted Driving
Drowsy driving can also lead to distracted driving as oftentimes drivers will change radio controls or even reach for the cellphone to try to stay awake. Some drivers are also more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors such as speeding or driving under the influence at nighttime when they expect fewer motorists on the road.
Nighttime Driving Tips
Nighttime driving collisions are preventable and its important that all drivers familiarize themselves with driving at night in order to become more comfortable with the situation. One of the best ways to avoid being involved in a nighttime collision is to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Making sure headlights, taillights, signals, and brake lights are in working order is a must.
Some other nighttime driving tips include:
- Keep your headlights on low beam unless high beams are necessary (fog, unlit roadways, etc.)
- When using high beams switch to low beams for oncoming vehicles
- If another motorist fails to switch their headlights to low beam, avoid glare by watching the right side of the road and following it until the other vehicle passes
- Increase your following distances
- Decrease your speed within the lawful limit
- Do not drive while fatigued
- If on a long trip stop frequently for snacks or to take breaks
- If you are too tired to drive pull over at a rest stop or nearby motel and get some rest
- Never drink and drive
All drivers should get their vision checked regularly as well as any changes could hinder your ability to see at night.