We have long since passed the winter solstice, and the days are slowly but surely getting longer. Even still, the sun will continue to set relatively early in the evening until we’re well into spring. The lack of sunlight can be more than just an inconvenience, however. It can also be a danger.
The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration reports that the likelihood of a person dying in a car accident increases three times when you’re driving at night. Often, car accidents that happen at night can lead to serious injuries, which would require extensive medical care. You could have your medical expenses compensated, however, through a personal injury claim. By just taking a few simple steps, however, you can significantly decrease the possibility of this happening to you.
Keep Your Windshield and Mirrors Clean
It might not be noticeable during the daytime, but the dirty and grime collecting on the outside of your car can become even more apparent when driving towards someone with their high beams on. By keeping your windshields and mirrors clean, you can prevent having to deal with sudden blind spots while driving.
Adjust Your Headlights as Your Drive
High beams, although useful when driving in areas with little to no light, can very quickly prove to be a hazard to other drivers. However, keeping your lights too low and driving with low visibility can be equally as dangerous. Before you head on the road, you should double-check that your lights offer you enough light without blinding others.
Do Not Drive Fatigued
Perhaps one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road is drive while you’re tired or exhausted. Over 328,000 people die each year because of fatigued drivers. To put it simply, you are not as alert nor are you as aware when you’re sleep-deprived, and this can very quickly lead to someone getting hurt in a car accident. If you need to travel at night, consider driving with a friend and taking shifts.
Need a Car Accident Lawyer? Call Chris Miller
In Missouri, car accidents are an unfortunate and everyday occurrence. Last year, we experienced 971 fatalities due to car crashes, with countless more injuries. If you or a loved one was recently injured in a car accident, you need to speak with a lawyer who can get you the settlement you need. Contact the Law Office of Chris Miller, and we can get started on your personal injury case.