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Nicoletti Walker Law Group Sept. 17, 2014

A man and a woman both died last week as a result of a motorcycle accident. The couple was riding the motorcycle when they crashed into a white van. This crash occurred at nighttime. It is unclear whether the van was moving or if it had a chance to get out of the way of the incoming motorcycle; it is also unclear whether the driver of the van sustained any injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, it is possible that alcohol played a role in this crash.

Driving at Night Can Affect the Outcome of A Lawsuit Resulting from A Car Accident

When a car accident results in a lawsuit, the road and environmental conditions will be important factors when determining who was at fault and to what degree each person was at fault. One condition that could affect the outcome of the case is whether the accident occurred during the daytime or at nighttime. According to the National Safety Council, traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. Driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day because your vision is severely limited due to the darkness. The darkness has an effect on several different aspects of your vision, including depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision. Older drivers especially have difficulties seeing at night. Some studies show that a 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old driver. Drowsiness is another factor that makes driving at night more dangerous because it dulls your concentration and slows your reaction time.

How to Protect Yourself from A Lawsuit if You Are Driving at Night

There are several steps you can take that will help shield you from liability in the event you are involved in an accident, and also keep yourself and others safe while you are driving during the night. You should make sure that you have working headlights, taillights, and signal lights. Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed because misaimed highlights can blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road. If you have any doubt, turn your headlights on. Lights make it easier for you to see others and it also makes it easier for other drivers to see you. Try to avoid smoking when you drive at night because nicotine and carbon monoxide in smoke can hamper your night vision. Of course, you also should not drink and drive. In addition to severely impairing your driving ability, alcohol acts as a depressant that can induce fatigue. Finally, reduce your speed and increase your following distances because it is more difficult to judge other vehicles’ speeds and distances at night.

If you have been injured in a car accident and would like to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney, contact the Clearwater car accident attorneys at Mike Walker Law for a consultation. We are here to protect your rights and ensure that you obtain due compensation for your injuries.