In the winter, the days are far shorter than they were in the summer months. In the summer, when it’s light until 10 at night, you feel like you have a lot of time to get things done. In the winter, as the sun goes down at dinner time, it’s natural to feel like the day is over and it’s time to go to bed early.
However, that’s not possible for a lot of people. They have to keep sticking to their schedule regardless of the light, and that means driving after dark far more often. Is this going to lead to an increase in car accidents?
Driving dangers increase when it is dark outside
The National Safety Council does note that driving after dark is more dangerous and that shorter days can, therefore, increase the risks. Drivers struggle with:
- Depth perception
- Extra fatigue
- Compromised night vision
- Drowsy driving
- Trouble tracking objects
- Generally reduced visibility
These are by no means new risks. We have long known that night driving is more difficult and more dangerous. Headlights help, but they can also blind drivers, as can their own dash lights. There is simply no substitute for actual sunlight, and drivers tend to make mistakes in the dark that they would not make during the day. These mistakes could include not seeing a pedestrian, misjudging the speed of a car or driving with their own lights off.
Were you injured in a wreck?
You can’t avoid the road on these short, dark days. What you can do is look into your legal rights to compensation if you get injured in an accident. When you’re hurt, it’s important to make sure that you get fair treatment from the insurance company and fair compensation for your losses.