Sometimes, you might be tempted to drive at night. Suppose you’ve booked a holiday and you can check into your cottage at 10 am, but you have a long distance to travel, so you won’t get there until the afternoon. You want to get your money’s worth, so you think you will maximise your time on holiday by driving overnight to get there.
This is all very well, but it might get you into a situation in which you lose money. You might have an accident, you see – and this could cause you injury. That could mean time off work, and the need to hire people such as childminders and home helps because you can’t deal with your usual household chores. Think of the loss and expense.
It’s not uncommon for an accident lawyer in Uttlesford to have to deal with a claim from someone experiencing just that kind of aftermath of a road traffic accident that happened at night.
Why is night driving dangerous?
You might think it shouldn’t be as dangerous to drive at night as it is during the day – after all, the roads aren’t as crowded.
But the trouble is, your ability to see in the dark isn’t as good as it is in daylight – and what light there is tends to be concentrated. Street lighting, for example, lights up a little bit of the road rather than vast swathes of it. Look ahead on a lit road at night and compare it with what you would see in good daylight, and you’ll realise the extent of the problem.
People also tend to sleep at night, yet instead, they’re behind the wheel. They’re not used to having to concentrate so much, or make decisions.
If you have to drive at night
Here are some tips that any accident lawyer in Uttlesford would give you if you’re thinking of driving at night:
1) Do you really have to drive at night? If it’s not essential, avoid it! Go on the train instead, or wait until the morning.
2) If you do have to drive, make sure you plan the journey. Allow plenty of time so you don’t have to rush. Also, read a map before you go. You may have a satnav, but you will need to familiarise yourself with the route. Know which major junctions you need, for a start.
3) Taking passengers? If any can drive, are they insured on your car, or could this be arranged temporarily? They could share the driving, which would be a big help to you.
4) Don’t drive when you’d normally be sleeping. If you usually go to bed at 1am, don’t set off at 1am.
Contact an accident lawyer in Uttlesford
If you do find yourself injured in an accident, call Accident Advice Helpline for a ‘no win, no fee’ accident solicitor. Here are our contact details:
- Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- Dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
- Text “claim365” to 88010 and await a call from an adviser
If you win your case, you will get a payout. Find out more now. We look forward to hearing from you – and an accident lawyer in Uttlesford looks forward to helping you.
Date Published: 30th November 2014
Author: David Brown