Driving after the sun goes down is not just difficult, it can be thoroughly hazardous. When it is dark outside, the range of vision of the average human eye has a diminished capacity for discerning color, depth perception, and making effective use of its peripheral vision. Even the most costly, name brand, top of the line headlights, with the high beams turned on, only illuminate approximately 300 to 400 feet of the road in front of your car. Additional dangers also pepper Colorado’s roadways after dark: drunk drivers, sleepy drivers, drivers texting or making calls on their cell phones.
Based on a study that was conducted by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety, the largest percentage of motorists who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are on Colorado’s roadways between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Fatal car accidents also occur four times as often throughout the night time when the figures are compared to those acquired from daytime driving. Nevertheless, we understand that the majority of drivers have responsibilities that demand they drive even when it is dark outside. Bearing that in mind, there are a lot of different actions that you can take to make certain that you arrive at your destination alive and in one piece, even after the sun has gone down.
If you become involved in a car accident during any time of the night or day for any reason, please make sure that you get in touch with a car accident attorney as soon as you are able to do so.
Have you ever been in a situation where you are having a hard time with decreased visibility during the night due to the fact that your headlights appear to be pointed downward, lighting up only the bit of road that is immediately in front of your car rather than illuminating the roadway ahead of you and the surrounding area like they are supposed to?
Headlights will gradually move over time, slowly dropping their focal point until they are simply aiming at the road a few feet in front of them and nothing more. This is an easy repair that can be dealt with by either a professional mechanic for reasonably cheap or on your own should you happen to own a screwdriver and be at least a little mechanically inclined.
Spending the little bit of time that is required to make this minor adjustment will make a lot of difference when you turn your headlights on at night by extending your field of vision and increasing your car’s visibility to other cars in the area and decreasing your probability of being involved in a car crash.
Blindingly bright LED dashboard arrangements and the harsh white electric glow of your car’s onboard global positioning system are not just a distraction to you while you are behind the wheel but they are able to reduce your field of sight as well. Turning these lights down as far as you can manage will go a long way to reducing reflections and glares that would otherwise appear on your windshield, both of which can cause major problems. It also gives your eyes a chance to fully and properly adjust to the lack of ambient light so that you are more likely to clearly see everything on the roadway in front of you.
It frequently happens that a windshield that seemed reasonably clean while you were driving during the day suddenly and without provocation appears as though it is cloudy and/or covered in smudges and streaks once night falls. Approaching headlights, roadside street lights, and lit store signage can all produce mysterious glares, smudges, and streaks that only appear when driving at night. All of these can considerably lessen the capability of a driver to accurately see what is on the road in front of the car.
Sadly, the majority of us are not able to decline driving someplace while it is dark out simply for the sake of safer driving. Heeding these suggestions will help ensure your safety on the road at night. If you realize that you are having a hard time with a particular part of driving at night, make sure that you address it so it does not become an ongoing complication.
Make sure that you have pulled your vehicle off of the road and are parked somewhere safe before you attempt even small solutions like changing your side view mirrors to cut down on the amount of glare from the headlights behind you. Attempting to do this while you are driving can quickly cause the very crash you were hoping to avoid.
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of another person’s distracted driving or other negligent behavior, then you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for damages. You need a reputable personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these kinds of cases.
If you are seeking legal representation for a pending lawsuit and you want an attorney who is esteemed, qualified, and knowledgeable in handling these sorts of injury cases, then the personal injury attorneys at the Injury Victim Law offices are just who you’re looking for.
If you would like a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys regarding a case you feel you may have, we are here to help. Please reach out to us by calling (800) 245-2774 to schedule your appointment for your free consultation today.