Shreveport Night Driving Accident Attorney
Driving at night can be dangerous for multiple reasons. No matter how sober, alert, and experienced you are, the darkness of night makes it hard to navigate road hazards. This can result in much higher risks of car crashes, injuries, and even death. As such, it's not surprising that fatal crashes peak on Saturday nights.
Read on to learn why driving at night is so dangerous and how you can avoid night driving accidents. We'll also cover what to do after you've been hurt by a night driving accident and how experienced Shreveport night driving accident attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve.
Why Is Driving at Night So Dangerous?
Nighttime driving is dangerous because the darkness presents a wide range of potential dangers to drivers. These include:
- Impaired or reduced visibility. Darkness can impact your peripheral vision as well as your depth and color perception. Even with headlights on, nighttime visibility is only 250 feet (500 feet for high-beam headlights), which means you have less time to react to surprises while driving, particularly when driving at higher speeds. Nighttime visibility can also be compromised by eye conditions and glare from other vehicles' headlights.
Speeding. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than one in three fatal nighttime car accidents involve speeding.
In contrast, only one in deadly daytime accidents involve speeding.
Drivers are more likely to speed at night due to limited visibility, distractions, alcohol impairment, and the belief that the police won't be able to catch them speeding at night. Whatever their reason, nighttime drivers are playing Russian roulette with their lives — and those of others — whenever they go above the posted speed limit. It's very easy for them to crash into other objects, a sign, another car, or a pedestrian.
- Drowsy or exhausted drivers. Drivers are also more likely to be exhausted when driving between midnight and 6 a.m. Because your body is supposed to be resting at this time, driving during this time of day can cause fatigue, particularly if you're intoxicated, sleep-deprived, or already exhausted from driving for many hours. Known as drowsy driving, operating a vehicle while sleepy can pose a serious risk to yourself and others. That's because drowsiness slows reaction time, affects your ability to make decisions, and makes you less attentive.
- Drunk drivers. There's a greater chance of getting hit by a drunk driver at night, especially if it's Friday or Saturday. According to the NHTSA, more than half (54%) of people killed in nighttime driving accidents had blood alcohol counts (BACs) of at least 0.08 at the time of the accident.
- Poor weather conditions. Storms, fog, and other challenging weather conditions can impact road conditions and visibility.
- Challenging road conditions and traffic situations. Similarly, slick roads, detours from familiar routes, debris, checkpoints, and broken traffic lights will increase the likelihood of nighttime car crashes.
Tips For Avoiding Night Driving Accidents
Here are some tips for avoiding night driving car wrecks:
- Get to know the car before driving at night. If you're driving a new car, renting a car, or driving someone else's automobile, practice using the high beams and headlights before you go out.
- Slow down to compensate for reduced stopping time and limited visibility. Slowing down will give you more time to react to changing road conditions. It will also make it easier and safer for you to change lanes and maneuver your car around curves.
- Dim your dashboard. Dimming your dashboard will help remove reflections on the windshield that may distract you from the road and decrease visibility.
- Drive defensively. Don't expect other drivers to look out for you. Drive under the assumption that others won't follow the rules. Stay alert at all times.
- Wear anti-reflective lenses if you wear glasses. Get a pair of glasses that don't reflect your dashboard and other sources of distraction. Otherwise, you will easily get overwhelmed by all the lights inside and outside your vehicle.
- Use your headlights correctly and make sure they're clean. Make sure that your headlights are aimed at the road before you start driving. If your headlights aren't pointing in the right direction, your visibility will be reduced even further. You also need to make sure that your lights are clean.
- Clean your windshield to avoid streaks. Make sure your windshield is sparkling clean before you drive at night. Streaks and stains will make it difficult for you to observe road conditions at night.
- Report intoxicated drivers. If you see other drivers violating traffic laws, driving erratically, or falling asleep behind the wheel, report them. This can save lives.
What To Do After a Night Driving Car Wreck
Depending on your circumstances, you can sue any party whose negligence played a role in a nighttime car wreck. This may include:
- Other drivers if their aggression, drowsiness, impairment, and/or failure to comply with relevant laws caused or exacerbated the accident
- Equipment and vehicle manufacturers if mechanical failures played a role in the night driving accident
- Any party responsible for road safety and lighting at night if poor lighting and unsafe road conditions played a role in the accident
Keep in mind, however, that there are strict time limits for filing night driving accident claims in Louisiana and Texas. A knowledgeable Shreveport night driving accident lawyer can tell you more about your options after a free, confidential consultation.
Partner With a Five-Star Shreveport Night Driving Accident Attorney
Driving at night is always a risky proposition, especially if you're tired and intoxicated.
If you've been injured in a night driving car wreck, reach out to our night driving accident attorneys. For more than 20 years, we've been fearless advocates for victims of night driving accidents. Known throughout Louisiana and Texas for putting our clients first, our night driving personal injury attorneys will help you file and defend your case.
Interested in learning how we can help you? Call 888-492-5532 or email us today for a free confidential consultation. We're available 24/7 for confidential answers and advice.