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Why Night is the Most Dangerous Time to Drive

As summer comes to an end, the days will become shorter upon the arrival of the fall and winter season. Many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark. While it doesn’t seem like a huge deal, the risk of a fatal car accident is three times greater at night, according to National Safety Council research.

The following are the main reasons why night is the most dangerous time to drive:

  • Fatigue – According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults have operated their vehicle while drowsy and another 37% have fallen asleep at some point behind the wheel. Fatigued driving puts everyone on the road at risk. Tired motorists are three times more likely to be involved in an accident if they are fatigued.
  • Compromised vision – While we are capable of seeing in low-light conditions, we have greater difficulty seeing at night the older we get. A person in their fifties may need twice as much light as someone in their thirties.
  • Drunk drivers – Whether it is alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescribed medicines, intoxicated driving is one of the main causes of car accidents in the United States. Impaired drivers are most frequently on the road in the evenings.
  • Rush hour – Between 4 and 7 PM, even rush hour is a dangerous time to drive since the roadways are crowded with cars and drivers are eager to get home after their work day ends.

So the next time you drive at night, keep in mind the increased dangers associated with that time of day. While we do only one-quarter of our driving in the evening, 50% of traffic fatalities occur at night.

If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in Georgia, request a free consultation with our Woodstock personal injury lawyers at The Warlick Firm, PC today.