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Driving at Night Safety Tips

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Campbell County Law Firm

On the night of February 20, a 30-year-old woman was fatally injured when her vehicle traveled off-road and collided with a tree. The accident, which took place on Shelby County’s Morning Sun Road, occurred around 11 p.m. By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the lone passenger was already dead. 

Driving at night can come with increased risks due to decreased vision and driver fatigue. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision due to another driver’s negligence, it is important to seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible.

Dangers of Driving at Night

Every year, thousands of Americans are injured in night-time diving accidents. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 49 percent of all annual traffic fatalities occur at night, despite fewer cars on the roads. Here are some common reasons for these accidents:

Drowsy Driving

Driving at night can be dangerous due in large part to the number of fatigued drivers on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 72,000 Americans were injured in motor vehicle collisions caused by drowsy drivers during a recent 12-month study. Of those injured, 800 people died. If you plan to drive at night, make sure you are awake and alert while at the wheel. 

Decreased Vision

While driving at night, vision is severely impacted, especially for older drivers and those with vision problems. Even with the use of high-beam lights, drivers can only see around 500 feet in front of them. Due to limited visibility, it is wise to decrease your speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles while driving at night. To ensure optimal vision, make sure your lights are working and that headlight lenses are clean.

More Drunk Drivers

On an annual basis, thousands of Americans are killed in drunk driving accidents. The worst hours for drunk driving are between 12 and 3 a.m. Signs of drunk driving include traveling at erratic speeds and swerving from lane to lane. If you notice a driver doing this, they may be driving under the influence. Keep a safe distance, and if possible, pull over and call the police to alert them.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Car Accident Lawyer 

Recovering from a car accident can be a difficult physical and emotional process. In many cases, car accident injuries are caused by driver negligence. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we secure full injury compensation for these victims. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Campbell County personal injury attorney, contact our team today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources: 

https://wreg.com/2019/02/21/morning-sun-road-at-houston-levee-closed-after-deadly-car-accident

https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/night-driving

https://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/index.html

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