The National Safety Council states that the number of traffic fatalities occurring on the roadways in the United States triples during nighttime travel when compared to day driving. North Carolina motorists who must travel at night need to understand the wide range of potential risks associated with driving at night, most notably the visibility factors that are not present during the day. Any type of road hazard is made more dangerous in the evening.
Due to the enormous role that visibility plays in operating a motor vehicle, even the most experienced of motorists in North Carolina are at risk of a traffic crash. Studies have revealed that about 90 percent of all reactions in a motorist are dependent upon that person’s ability to see. Therefore, those operating a car in North Carolina are at risk as soon as the sun goes down. While preventing nighttime auto accidents entirely may be impossible, statistics highlight the fact that an educated driving is placed in a much better position to avoid a nighttime crash.
Lewis & Keller has dedicated many years to building the awareness of safe driving habits throughout the entire state of North Carolina. As we work hard to highlight the importance of driving safely on all roads and highways, we are constantly reminded of how many accident victims suffer each day. We believe that when the negligence of another driver causes injury to you and your family, this at-fault party must pay for the damages that they have caused. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash while driving at night, Lewis & Keller is here for you.
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Causes of Nighttime Crashes
Nighttime driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States today. While a wide variety of factors may contribute to a crash, most factors are worsened by the limited visibility nighttime driving provides. For example, an elderly driver often requires twice the light than that of a younger driver. As such, all North Carolina motorists must be aware of the potential dangers that exist.
In addition to limited visibility, nighttime driving and driver fatigue directly correlate with one another. A typical driver is much more tired while driving at night compared to their level of alertness during the day. Fatigued driving is another leading cause of auto accidents today. When a driver feels that they may be too tired to drive, it is imperative to pull over and take a quick 20 minute nap before driving again.
In addition to driver fatigue and visibility issues, drug and alcohol use increases significantly during the night. Therefore, the likelihood of a motorist operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol increases dramatically at night. Those who must travel when the sun goes down must look out for the typical reckless driving habits associated with drunk drivers. If you or a loved one has been involved in a driving at night crash, contact our Winston-Salem auto accident lawyers to learn more about your legal options.
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Tips for Driving at Night
The National Safety Council has provided a list for all North Carolina motorists that address the safety measures that must be taken when driving at night. While some accidents are certainly unavoidable, learning the following tips for driving at night will help motorists to reduce the number of crashes occurring throughout the state.
- Be sure that headlights are aimed correctly. Headlights without correct aiming may blind oncoming traffic and make it difficult for them to judge where the roadway is located.
- Check all signal lights, tail lights, and headlights, as well as cleaning windows, before any nighttime travel
- Never operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- When the sun begins to go down, turn your headlights on
- Do not smoke while driving at night, as the nicotine and carbon monoxide make it difficult to see
- Increase following distance and reduce speeds when driving at night
- Do not use high beams unless there are no oncoming vehicles in front of you
- Pull over and rest if any fatigue is felt, even a slight tiredness
- Be sure to put your hazard lights on once pulled over to ensure that passing vehicles can see your car
When twilight rolls around, North Carolina drivers must adapt to the change from lightness to darkness. Therefore, this is marked as one of the most dangerous times to drive. Unfortunately, this time period is often after the work day, a heavily trafficked time of day. As such, all drivers must keep the above tips in mind for driving at night. If you or a loved one has suffered in a nighttime crash, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys are here for you.
Contact a Skilled NC Auto Accident Lawyer Today
Lewis & Keller has built a strong reputation throughout the state of North Carolina as maintaining an honest, acclaimed team of skilled personal injury lawyers. At our firm, we take our role in the North Carolina community seriously and believe that it is our duty to protect the rights of all North Carolina residents. If you or a loved one has been injured while driving at night, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
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