When you look at fatal car accident statistics, perhaps as a way to avoid being involved in a serious crash, you’ll find that they are often more likely at night. It’s very dangerous to drive late at night or in the early morning hours.
You may be wondering exactly why this is and why the risk increases. There are a few reasons that are worth considering.
Greater rates of drunk driving
First of all, fatalities from drunk driving accidents happen at a much higher rate at night. There are roughly the same amount of fatal accidents after dark versus during the day, but the lower traffic levels at night mean that the rate is much higher.
Another thing to consider is that fatigued driving is simply more common at night. There may be people who work night shifts who are used to it, but a lot of people who are driving late at night don’t do so consistently. Someone who is on a road trip or driving over the holidays, for example, may feel overly fatigued but continue driving because of the pressure to get to their destination on time.
Of course, the mere fact that visibility is reduced can increase accident odds. Drivers are more likely not to see pedestrians, street signs, obstructions, and even other vehicles. It’s just harder to react quickly in the dark because it’s more difficult to tell what’s occurring.
If you’ve been injured by another driver who caused a car accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.