Did your recent road traffic accident occur at night? Many thousands of accidents happen under the cover of darkness every year in the UK. In fact, it is thought that around 40% of road traffic accidents happen when it is dark. This is probably why there are more accidents in the winter – we have to spend more time driving around in the dark!
Perhaps you have contacted Accident Advice Helpline to assist you with making your claim for compensation, because your road traffic accident was not your own fault. Accident Advice Helpline are highly experienced in dealing with accidents that happened in the dark. That is why we have set up a 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. We realise that many of our clients will have been injured in accidents that happened during the nighttime and will be badly in need of some legal advice. They will want that advice immediately and will not want to wait until 9 am the following day for phone lines to reopen.
Having an accident in the dark can be a very frightening experience, and Accident Advice Helpline will do all that we can to help and reassure you.
More about road traffic accidents during darkness
Driving around at night is very different from driving around during the day, and it really is not surprising that road traffic accidents are more likely to happen in these cases. The obvious difference is that vision is reduced. You simply cannot see as well as you can when it is light. This makes some road user particularly vulnerable, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. These road users can reduce their risk of being involved in a road traffic accident by wearing high visibility clothing. Cyclists and motorcyclists should also make sure that their lights are working.
When you are driving in the dark, things can just seem to suddenly appear in front of you. This means that your concentration levels must be especially high and that you should adjust your speed accordingly. You should be able to brake and make a manoeuvre without endangering other road users. One of the other chief concerns about driving at night is fatigue. It is not difficult to work out why! We would normally be asleep at night, so if we drive during the hours that we would normally be asleep we are likely to feel drowsy.
The only way to avoid accidents at night altogether is not to drive. You could take a bus or train instead. If this is not possible, there are a few precautions that you can take to keep yourself and others safe:
- Share the driving;
- Have planned breaks;
- If you feel tired, pull over and have a nap; and
- Learn to spot the signs of drowsiness.
Call Accident Advice Helpline if another driver has caused an accident at night in which you were hurt.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: David Brown