Many Islington road traffic accidents take place at night-time. Driving at any time always carries a certain element or risk. But that risk increases significantly in the hours of darkness, in fact you are almost twice as likely to be injured in an RTA at night-time.
The limitations of artificial light
The fact of the matter is that your ability to see things, and your perception of distance, are weakened when it’s dark. Street lighting and car headlights help enormously, but they cannot match the light we get from the sun. Car headlamps have improved over the years, and the latest LED headlamps are brighter and whiter than anything else to date. But anything beyond a light’s beam, or anything on the edge of a beam is always much more difficult to make out.
The increased risk of RTAs at night
Although generally speaking there is 60% less traffic on the roads at night-time when compared to daylight hours, over 40% of fatal RTAs happen when it’s dark.
Other factors that increase the risk
It’s not just the darkness itself that raises the hazard level. There are other factors that need to be taken into consideration too; for example tiredness. A lot of people driving at night-time are driving back home after a hard day’s work. They are tired and exhausted and find it more difficult concentrate and to stay alert. Then there is the risk of drunk drivers.
Higher risk from drunk drivers
Although people obviously drink any time of day, it’s usually at night-time, when most people drink, often of the way back from work. The later the hour, the more time people have had to consume greater amounts of alcohol, and if they then get behind the steering wheel, they present a very real danger, not only to themselves, but to other road users and pedestrians too.
Tips to help you avoid Islington road traffic accidents at night
- Don’t forget to dip your headlights when cars approach you from the opposite direction, and also when there is a car in front, within range of your beam.
- Switch your dashboard lights down to a low setting. It’s surprising how much easier you will find it to see out.
- Make sure your windscreen is clean and clear. Also make sure your windscreen wash reservoir is topped up.
- Don’t use the windscreen washer when the car is moving. It sometimes smears when the wipers first stroke across. Pull over, park safely, and then wash the screen.
The benefits of working with AAH
Anyone who gets injured in Islington road traffic accidents can use the personal injury claim service that we offer here at AAH. You will enjoy certain benefits when you work with us including:
- Our no win no fee service as recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Our web-based 30 second HOW MUCH compensation calculator
- Our unrivalled customer support
- Our free 24/7 helpline – 0800 180 4123 from landlines – 0333 500 0992 from mobiles
Date Published: 9th August 2014