We all know the rhyme to help remember when the time changes each year— spring forward; fall back. Each November Daylight Savings comes to an end, and people around the United States turn their clocks back one hour, resulting in shorter days and less sunlight. One common result is people spend more time driving in the dark. You wake up at 6 a.m. and the sun is still down, and when you get off of work at 5 p.m., the sun has just about run its course.
Decreased Visibility due to Nighttime Driving
These changes in the amount of light affect motorist’s visibility. Decreased visibility due to nighttime driving presents a greater risk for car accidents and personal injury for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians traveling the roadways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than a 3% increase in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in 2018, totaling 6,283 deaths – the most since 1990. It has been estimated that approximately 72 percent of all pedestrian accidents, which result in a serious injury, occur at night.
Although you may feel as if you are fully capable of driving at night, visibility is limited to about 500 ft when using your bright lights, and just 250 ft when using your normal lights. This creates less time for you to react to objects in, or that enter, the road when you are traveling at high speeds. As a result of your eye’s inability to adjust quickly after looking into oncoming traffic’s headlights, obstacles become drastically more difficult than during the daytime.
Why Night Driving Becomes Harder as We Grow Older
As we age, we tend to have greater difficulty seeing at night. For instance, a driver that is 50 years old may need twice as much light to see the roads clearly compared to a 30-year-old driver. According to the American Optometric Association, at age 60 and older, driving can become even more difficult because of compromised vision due to cataracts and degenerative eye diseases.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident at nighttime, it is important to contact an experienced Houston car accident attorney so that they may investigate possible factors that may have contributed to your nighttime crash. Call to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your case may possibly be worth. You don’t have to face your car accident alone.