Daylight Savings May Increase the Risk of a Cape Coral Crash

by Carmen Dellutri on November 18, 2013

Sarasota personal injury lawyerNow that we have turned the clocks back, many of us drive home from work or school in the dark. In addition to being a bit depressing, the early sunset may also increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

Studies routinely show that driving at night is more dangerous that driving during daylight hours. In fact, fatality rates are three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council.

The increased crash risk has a lot to do with visibility. At night, our depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision all decrease. This is particularly true for older drivers. Drowsy driving and alcohol impairment are also more common after dark.

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 Cape Coral auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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