If you’ve been injured in a North Somerset car accident in the dark of night, you’re not alone. Driving during daylight hours is hazard enough as it is, but when the sun goes down, the risks of being involved in an RTA increase significantly; in fact the risk factor almost doubles.
90% of driving decisions are driven by sight
When people drive, 90% of the decisions they make in the course of driving are made on what they see, and the range or depth of our vision is severely limited, when it’s dark. But it’s not just the darkness, there is also the contrasting brightness and glare of oncoming headlamps, plus the street lighting; and together, these pockets of brightness against the black background can play havoc with your perception of detail and your ability to estimate the depth of field.
Fatal accidents take place in the hours of darkness
Despite the fact that there is 60% less traffic on the roads during the hours of darkness, more than 40% of all fatal road traffic accidents happen at night time. Daylight enables us to make the best of our vision, but at night time, once the sun has gone down, the only illumination is man-made, and this illumination is variable. Street lamps are relatively gentle, where as oncoming headlamps are very bright, especially when drivers forget to dip their headlights, and they drive on full beam.
Keeping a clean windscreen is important
Another problem is the weather. If it begins raining (especially after a long dry spell), windscreens are very greasy and once the windscreen wipers are switched on this grease gets smeared across the windscreen and distorts any bright lights. It’s very important to make sure that your windscreen washer reservoirs are always at least half full with a good quality windscreen wash solution that cuts through any grime or grease, to improve vision.
Talking to an adviser about your North Somerset car accident
If you’ve been involved in a North Somerset car accident that was not your fault, whether the accident took place during daylight hours or night-time, you may well be entitled to launch a personal injury claim for compensation. If you’re uncertain of your rights, or there were certain circumstances like darkness and/or rain that you believe to be relevant to the accident scenario, you might like to phone Accident Advice Helpline’s free helpline and have a chat with one of our experienced advisers. They will be able to help, and point you in the right direction. You can access this helpline from any landline, by calling 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or if using your mobile, by calling 0333 500 0993.
Accident Advice Helpline’s no win no fee service
Another helpful service we provide here at AAH is our interactive HOW MUCH calculator which can be accessed via our website. It takes only 30 seconds to estimate how much compensation may be due. It’s all part of the no win no fee services we operate here at AAH and that are unreservedly recommended by people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: 23rd June 2014