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Why is driving at night so dangerous?

When you drive along Texas roadways during the day, natural light helps you to see what is going on around you. Once the sun sets for the night, however, the lack of natural light can make it difficult to see objects in the road, signs, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles and other drivers. Although the roadways are illuminated by streetlights and headlights, it is often harder to drive in the dark. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to die in a car accident while driving at night than you are during the day.

The very lights that are designed to help you see in the dark can lead to temporary blindness. If you look directly into the oncoming headlights of an approaching vehicle, you may have trouble seeing for a few seconds afterward. Furthermore, the lack of light can make it hard to determine the speed and distance of oncoming traffic. You may inadvertently pull out in front of another vehicle that you thought was further back or not going as fast.

Additional reasons why driving at night comes with an increased risk is that there are more drunk drivers on the road, increased construction activity and more drowsy drivers. In order to minimize your risk of becoming involved in a deadly nighttime accident, you must drive defensively. Keep your eyes on the road at all times and avoid engaging in distractive activities, such as texting and talking on your cellphone.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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