Driving either just before dawn or immediately after dusk are very dangerous time periods on the roads – many car accidents occur during these times.
While the sky is still well lit, the roads begin to get dark and this causes a disparity between light and dark, causing vision problems for drivers.
Since your ability to perceive and judge distance is severely impaired at night, the human eye requires light to see. Night driving is a top cause of car accidents.
Did you know that 90 percent of all driver decisions are made based on what they see? While your eyes are capable of seeing in limited light, the combination of headlights and road lights, with the darkness beyond them, can cause problems for your vision.
Therefore, drivers must take extra precaution to avoid an auto accident after dark. The following are some tips to help:
- Turn on lights at first hint of dusk
- Lower your speed because distances are harder to judge
- Make sure all lights and signals are operating
- Dim dashboard lights
- Never driver with parking lights
- Keep headlights on low beam when driving directly behind another vehicle or when approaching another vehicle
- Avoid highway hypnosis on long trips by keeping eyes moving
- Be prepared – pedestrians are more difficult to see at night
Statistics show that despite 60 percent less traffic on the roads, more than 40 percent of all fatal car accidents happen at night. When sunlight goes down at night, our eyes adjust to lower levels of light (pupils dilate in darkness and constrict in brightness), but they have difficulty functioning properly when switching from bright to dark, or vice-versa. This often happens on the road at night when you look directly into the headlights of oncoming traffic.
If you are injured in a car accident that occurred at night, call the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We look forward to providing good advice to help you make smart decisions about your case.
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