Could Turning the Clocks Back Lead to More Naples Car Accidents?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 20, 2012

Naples car accident attorneyNow that we have turned the clocks back an hour, many commuters will be traveling to and from work in the dark. In addition to being somewhat depressing, this can also increase the risk for a Naples car accident.

Traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council. In fact, 49% of fatal crashes happen at night.

One of the most obvious reasons is decreased visibility. Ninety percent of a driver's reaction depends on vision, and depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision are all lower at night. As a result, small mistakes can lead to serious accidents.

Risky driving behaviors are also more prevalent at night. Drunk driving, speeding, and failing to wear a seat belt are all more common. Forbes cites that 54 percent at night crashes are alcohol-related compared to just 18 percent during the day. In addition, two-thirds of the people killed at night are not wearing a seat belt.

To lower your risk of a nighttime accident, the National Safety Council recommends the following:

  • Don't drink and drive. Not only does alcohol severely impair your driving ability, it also acts as a depressant. Just one drink can induce fatigue.
  • Always wear your seat and require passengers to do the same.
  • If there is any doubt, turn your headlights on. Lights will not help you see better in early twilight, but they'll make it easier for other drivers to see you. Being seen is as important as seeing.
  • Reduce your speed and increase your following distances. It is more difficult to judge other vehicle's speeds and distances at night.
  • Don't overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area. If you're not, you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
  • When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams so you don't blind the driver ahead of you. If an oncoming vehicle doesn't lower beams from high to low, avoid glare by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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