Driving at night is riskier than driving during the day even if you’re taking a route you know well. According to the National Safety Council, even though people only do a quarter of their driving at night, this is when 50 percent of traffic deaths occur. It is important for all drivers in Alabama to be aware of the dangers of night driving. It’s also crucial that you know how to drive safely when it’s dark. You won’t be able to control the actions of other motorists, but you can reduce the likelihood that you’re the one causing an accident. If you are involved in a wreck, you should contact our Montgomery car accident attorneys right away.
Some people assume that it’s dangerous to drive at night simply because it’s dark. It is true that drivers often have difficulty with night vision, especially as they get older. Some roads are also poorly lit. However, there are other considerations. For example, people on the road at night are often fatigued. Whether they worked a long shift, didn’t sleep well the night before, or have a sleep disorder, fatigued drivers can fall asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy driving doesn’t get much attention but it’s just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Roadways aren’t only dangerous late at night. It can also be risky to drive when it’s dark during the evening rush hour. The roads will be crowded, and frustrated drivers will be eager to get home. They may dart from one lane to the other, go into autopilot, or tailgate, posing a danger for everyone else.
Another night-time concern is driver impairment. Many are under the influence of alcohol while others are affected by illegal drugs or prescription medication. You’re more likely to find impaired drivers on the road between midnight and 3 a.m. during the weekend. If you’re out and about at this time, you need to be very careful. In the event that you get involved in a crash, you’ll need to contact an Alabama car accident lawyer so you can seek compensation for your injuries.
To improve the likelihood that you’ll make it to your destination safely you should:
If you were hurt in a collision at night, you may be entitled to compensation. If the driver who hit you was tired, distracted, drunk or otherwise negligent, our vehicular accident attorneys can help you to recover damages. We’ll fight for you and ensure the at-fault party is held accountable. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and get an expert legal opinion.