When driving at night we expect the roads we drive along to be fully-lit. However, this is not always the case. Country roads are unlikely to be lit in any way, while other stretches of road – including some stretches of motorway – are not always lit. This requires the driver to be more alert than they would normally be, because they can only see a certain distance in front of them. Car accidents on unlit roads do occur if inadequate care is taken by a driver when navigating various roads in the dark. This holds true regardless of the weather conditions or the number of cars that may be around them.
Accident Advice Helpline has heard from a variety of people who found themselves caught up in accidents involving other drivers who did not pay proper attention while driving in the dark. Car accidents on unlit roads are potentially more likely to occur than they would be on roads that are properly lit. This is why additional care should always be taken in these circumstances.
How dangerous are unlit roads?
The danger here is that you cannot see everything around you in the way you normally would. You might use your full beams if there is no one coming in the opposite direction, but if traffic is approaching you this can be dangerous. Thus you will often be restricted to dipped headlights so as not to blind people coming the opposite way. Even with full beams on you might end up only being able to see a certain amount in front of you.
If negligence can be proven to have caused an accident on an unlit road, perhaps through the actions of another driver or through the council not lighting the road at a junction or another crucial point, it could lead to a successful compensation claim being made.
Clearly the point here is to ensure you drive more slowly and you are alert to your changing surroundings as you drive. This should always be the case but it is even more important to do when you are on an unlit road.
By calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can get free no-obligation advice now if you have had an accident on an unlit road within the last three years. We can advise you of whether you have a chance at compensation, and put you in touch with an experienced injury lawyer if there is a good chance.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen