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Why do most car accidents happen at night?

The human eye relies solely on light for vision, and at night this vision is greatly diminished. Diminished visibility can greatly impact the driver’s ability to judge distance and safe speed while on the road.

According to studies, nearly 50% of fatal accidents happen at night. Here are major reasons why most car accidents happen after sunset.

Drunk driving

Regardless of the time of day, alcohol consumption can impair a driver’s ability to make a sound judgment. This, compounded with reduced visibility, can greatly increase the risk of causing an accident. To avoid causing impaired driving-related accidents at night, you just need to exercise common sense: Do not drive and drink, especially if your BAC is higher than the legal limit. If you are on medications that are likely to cause dizziness or fatigue, be sure to avoid them when you are about to hit the road.


It is not uncommon for a fatigued driver to snooze off while behind the wheel. Obviously, this can be extremely dangerous. In fact, sleep deprivation and alcohol tend to have a similar effect on motorists. To avoid getting drowsy while driving, be sure to get adequate sleep before taking to the road, especially if you are going to drive for a long distance.

Poor visibility

Even with the high beams on, humans generally do not have the perfect vision at night. Add to this oncoming traffic, traffic lights or other sources of light on the road and your visibility will be hindered even more. Here are a couple of tips that can help you improve your night vision:

  • Properly aim your headlights for better visibility
  • Avoid direct contact with oncoming light
  • Clear your windshield of any dirt or streaks

Diminished vision is just one of the reasons why most car accidents happen at night. If you are involved in an accident that can be attributed to another motorist’s fault, you may be eligible for compensation for your damages.

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