Nighttime Driving Increases Chances of Fatal Accidents
Driving at night means that you are three times more likely to die in a car accident than in the daytime, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Also, single-vehicle fatal accidents are much more likely to happen at night. During the nighttime, six of 10 fatal crashes involve one vehicle. During the daytime, six of 10 fatal accidents a involve at least two vehicles.
There are a number of reasons for this. Some are in a driver’s control while others are outside a driver’s control.
Contributing Factors Outside a Driver’s Control
The main factor outside a driver’s control in fatal accidents is a lack of light. The lack of light means that drivers are more likely to not see hazards such as objects in the road or sharp turns. Drivers often do not reduce their speed in order to compensate for the lower visibility caused by darkness.
Contributing Factors in a Driver’s Control
- Seat belt use. Drivers and passengers wear seat belts less often at night. For example, in fatal accidents that occur at 2 a.m., only 30 percent of accident victims were wearing seat belts. At 2 p.m., 58 percent of fatal accident victims wore seat belts.
- Drunk driving. In fatal daytime accidents, 82 percent do not involve alcohol. In fatal nighttime accidents, that number is reduced to 40 percent. That means that 60 percent of all fatal accidents are alcohol-related, although included in this figure are drivers who are not considered legally drunk.
- Speeding. In daytime fatal vehicle crashes, 21 percent were speeding-related. In nighttime fatal car crashes, 37 percent were speeding-related.
- Drowsy driving. At nighttime, more drivers are sleepy, which can lead to a dangerous level of inattention.
Contact a San Jose, CA Auto Accident Lawyer
While drivers should be more cautious and vigilant during nighttime driving, accidents still happen. If you have been involved in a car accident and have been injured, an attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Contact a skilled San Jose car crash attorney who will advocate on your behalf and will not be afraid to take your case to trial. Call Jachimowicz Pointer, Attorneys at Law, Inc. today at 408-246-5500 for a free case evaluation.
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