Auto accidents occur more frequently during nighttime hours

Studies show that driving at night can increase one’s risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

When the sun goes down in Columbus, the highways and roadways are still bustling with cars carrying people to their destinations. Although driving can be dangerous at any time of the day, studies show that the risk of being involved in an auto accident increases at night. According to the National Safety Council, the rate of traffic accident fatalities is three times higher during nighttime hours than during the day. Yet, many motorists in Ohio and around the nation are unaware of special driving precautions they should take when traveling at night. There are several reasons why driving at night can be dangerous.

Decreased vision

The simple fact that drivers have reduced vision at night can cause an increase in traffic accidents. Not only does driving with less light make it harder to see, but it affects a driver's ability to recognize colors and see what is going on in his or her peripheral vision. The NSC reported that many drivers have a harder time trying to accurately determine the distance of an approaching vehicle and how fast it is traveling at night. This may cause drivers to pull out in front of another vehicle or rear-end a vehicle that is traveling in front of them.

Teens and night-time driving

Teens who drive at night are more likely to become involved in a serious car accident, according to research published by the Texas Transportation Institute. Teenage motorists do not have as much experience as older drivers, are unable to spot potential hazards and are less likely to wear their seat belts while driving. They are also more likely to speed, drink and drive and engage in distractive activities while behind the wheel. In Ohio, the Graduated Driver Licensing law restricts teenage motorists from driving at night.

Headlight blindness

The glare from oncoming headlights can have a blinding effect on drivers. Drivers can have a hard time seeing immediately while the bright lights are shining in their eyes as well as several moments after the vehicle has passed. Aging eyes may have an increasingly difficult time adjusting to the differences in light as well.

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident

Whether you have been involved in a fender bender or a catastrophic collision, you may suffer from serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, broken bones, spinal cord damage and whiplash. These injuries can have lasting effects and may make it difficult for you to work, go to school or even accomplish everyday tasks. An attorney in Ohio may be able to answer your questions regarding driver negligence, auto accidents and compensation.

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