What are the dangers of night driving?

Missouri residents know that as we enter fall and winter, driving during dark hours will likely become inevitable for many people. Whether it affects your morning commute, evening commute, or both, you may be facing unique hurdles that aren't present when you drive during the day.

The National Safety Council reminds people that driving gets more dangerous as we have less light. The poor visibility conditions contribute to most of the biggest risks associated with night driving. For example, objects that aren't reflective will often blend in with the darkness and may remain unseen until it's too late to avoid them. Bright lights, such as headlights from other vehicles, can contrast with your surroundings and temporarily blind you.

Your own car can make it harder to see, too. If your windshield is streaked, you will likely not be able to tell during the day. However, these streaks will be apparent at night and may even block your view. If you don't keep your headlights clean, it can create a halo effect that makes it harder to properly illuminate the road you travel.

Other drivers can pose a threat to you, too. If you're driving later at night or in the early hours of the morning, it's more likely that you will run into drivers suffering from sleep deprivation. Distracted or exhausted drivers easily contribute to the number of crashes that happen at night. Drivers who may be driving under the influence can do the same.

You may wish to speak to an attorney if you've gotten into a crash during the night. Depending on the circumstances, you could be eligible for financial compensation.

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