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Nighttime Driving Risks

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Anyone who has spent any time on the road at night knows that it is simply a lot harder to drive after dark. Driving at night is notoriously dangerous, even for careful drivers, who could end up injured because another driver fell asleep at the wheel or blinded them with their headlights. Read on to learn more about the risks of nighttime travel and what steps to take if you are injured in a crash after dark.

Nighttime Travel is More Dangerous 

Driving at night is a risky endeavor. Not only is it a lot harder to see one’s surroundings, but a driver is more likely to encounter certain dangers, such as:

  • Excessive glare from headlights;
  • A lack of road visibility;
  • Wildlife on the roadways; and
  • Fatigued drivers.

While it’s not possible to eliminate these risks entirely, there are measures that drivers can take to help protect themselves and other road users during the nighttime hours. For instance, glare doesn’t only come from oncoming traffic. Even a dirty windshield or a driver’s own rearview mirror or dashboard lights can cause a glare. To avoid this, drivers can dim their dashboard lights, make sure their rearview mirror is at the right angle, and use glass cleaner on both the inside and outside of the windshield regularly. It’s also a good idea for drivers to properly clean, angle, and maintain their headlights, as failing to do so can significantly limit visibility at nighttime. Driving at night can leave motorists feeling tired, which can result in longer response times, eye strain, and a lack of focus, all of which increase a person’s chances of causing a car crash. To avoid being the cause of such an accident, drivers should be sure to pull over and rest when they start feeling tired or nodding off.

Financial Recovery After a Nighttime Car Accident

 Many of Florida’s local highways are particularly dangerous at night due to a lack of adequate lighting. There are also a lot of commercial drivers, many of whom are forced to drive for many hours over long distances, who travel Florida’s interstates and highways at all hours of the day and night. For these reasons, nighttime car accidents have become an increasingly common problem in Florida. If you or a loved one were injured in such a crash as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to damages. Compensable losses include reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle damage, and pain and suffering. To learn more, reach out to our legal team today.

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 The dedicated and compassionate Florida car accident lawyers at Boone & Davis have been helping accident victims seek compensation for more than 40 years. Let us put our experience and resources to work in your own case. Schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 945-566-9919 today. A member of our legal team is standing by and prepared to get started on your case right away.

Sources: 

university-operations.scu.edu/ehs/housing-safety/driving-at-night/

popularmechanics.com/cars/a257/how-to-adjust-lights/

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