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The Most Dangerous Time to Drive: Night

Are you more likely to get into an accident at one time of day than at another? Turns out, you are. And that time may be a certain point where you find yourself on the road every day. When summer comes to an end and the sunlight hours begin to dwindle, more and more people find themselves driving at night, which makes the hours immediately following sundown the most dangerous time of day to be behind the wheel.

Several factors make this particular time so accident prone. Typically, the sun starts going down earlier which means most people head out into rush hour traffic with little light to drive by. When you mix these low light conditions with bright, beaming headlights, fatigue from a long day at work, and a lot of vehicles out on the road you have perfect conditions for a dangerous commute. It should come as no surprise that the hours between roughly 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM during the winter months typically see the largest number of car accidents.

June is National Safety Month, so let’s take a closer look at what the National Safety Council says are some of the factors that influence this trend:

Fatigue

Our busy schedules seem like they make it harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep, and that means a lot more tired people. While it might seem like this is more of a morning commute issue, the fact of the matter is people usually carry this fatigue with them all day, and then gain even more once they have finished their day at the office. This leads to a ton of fatigued drivers—13 percent of participants in a National Sleep Foundation poll said they fall asleep while driving at least once a month!

Darkness

On November 5th, 2017, our clocks will jump back an hour as daylight savings time comes to an end. This means you should experience more light in the morning, but your evening commute will likely be under the cover of darkness. When there’s less light outside, your peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to discern objects through glare all suffer, making it harder to focus and requiring more attention.

Rush Hour

Between 4:00 and 7:00 PM on weekdays is known as “rush hour,” primarily because the majority of the workforce is leaving their job for the day and headed home. That means a more crowded road, and a more crowded road always increases the chances of an accident, even if the roads start moving slower as a result.

Driver Impairment

Night hours mean more distracted and intoxicated drivers are also on the roads, which is always a serious risk to your safety. Even if it’s just after work ends, expect an increase in intoxicate drivers trying to find their way to their next destination, and making your drive more dangerous along the way.

Injured in a car accident? Call Dean Law Firm at (432) 214-8125 now and let a Midland car accident attorney protect your rights and help you reach the best possible solution.
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