Many drivers believe that motorway travel in the night or in the very early hours of the morning can reduce their risk of experiencing a road traffic accident.
The traffic volume on motorways is typically lower during the night and at the crack of dawn. As such, motorists will certainly experience fewer vehicle collisions related to the density, type or speed of traffic typically associated with day-time driving.
Night or early morning journeys do, however, present drivers with other risks.
One of the main factors in accidents on the motorway at night or at daybreak is fatigue. Driving through the night or setting off at some unearthly hour to beat traffic usually means drivers have lost at least some of the sleep they need.
Driving along monotonous, long stretches of motorway,without meeting another soul, will sooner or later induce fatigue. If this fatigue is ignored and the driver does not stop at the earliest sign of onset, he or she could fall asleep at the wheel and subsequently cause a potentially serious car crash.
Wildlife and even domesticated animals have been known to cause motorway accidents even during the day.
At night, the risk of hitting nocturnal animals is increased substantially. This is especially the case on poorly lit stretches of motorway, where it is impossible to detect an animal lurking at the side of the road until it leaps out in front of you.
Hitting even a comparatively small animal at speed could easily result in driver or passenger injuries.
Obstacles, rain and patches of black ice
In a similar way, you may not see objects on the road, such as items dropped by other vehicles, or tree branches blown onto the road, for example, patches of black ice or deep puddles likely to cause aquaplaning in time to stop or slow down sufficiently to avoid an accident on the road.
Car accidents on the motorway can happen at any time of day or night. Driving responsibly and staying alert at all times is therefore vital in order to prevent car or motorcycling accidents on motorways no matter what the time of day may be.
When others fail
If you, in spite of your best efforts to avoid a motoring accident, are injured by an accident caused by another road user, you may have a personal injury claim.
Passenger and driver injury claims can be initiated through Accident Advice Helpline. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.