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As the Days Get Shorter, Driving Becomes More Dangerous

| September 30, 2021

As we head into fall with winter right around the corner, we are beginning to see shorter days. This means that more people are driving after dark or before sunrise, as they head to work, school, or other activities. Some data suggests that the number of car accidents spikes in the week after we change our clocks, while others argue there is no definitive evidence that shows an increase in car accidents due to less daylight. Regardless, there are additional hazards that you should be aware of. More importantly, if you have been injured in a car accident that occurred after dark, a Leonardtown car accident lawyer can review your case and determine whether you may have a claim. 

Driving After Dark Presents Additional Hazards

It should come as no surprise that driving after dark presents additional risks that can quickly result in an accident: 

  • Drowsy or fatigued driving that results in delayed reflexes or poor judgment
  • Reduced visibility that reduces your stopping time
  • Issues with depth perception

Drivers should adjust their driving behaviors when driving after dark – slow down, increase your stopping distance, and remain alert for potential hazards. 

Shorter Days + Negligence = Car Accidents

Unfortunately, many people drive the same way after dark that they do during daylight hours. This can include the following: 

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Unsafe passing
  • Failure to yield

People are also more likely to drive while intoxicated at night than during daylight hours. 

Drivers can also be negligent when they fail to properly maintain their vehicle for nighttime driving. For example: 

  • Failing to replace burned-out headlights or tail lights
  • Failure to maintain brakes
  • Failure to replace worn tires

Failing to safely maintain your vehicle can compound the hazards associated with driving in the dark. 

How an Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, proving negligence can sometimes be a challenge, particularly in accidents that occur after dark. An experienced Leonardtown car accident lawyer can help in the following ways: 

  • By analyzing the facts surrounding your accident and determining the cause
  • By gathering accident reports and witness statements
  • By documenting your injuries and other losses
  • By handling the communications with the other driver and your insurance company
  • By evaluating any offers and negotiating the settlement of your claim
  • By pursuing litigation if your case does not settle

Your lawyer can essentially handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on your recovery. 

Injured in a Car Accident? Speak with a Maryland Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Attorney Thomas E. Pyles has been representing car accident victims across the state of Maryland for over 30 years. To speak with an attorney who knows how to get results, contact us online or call 301-705-5006 to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Leonardtown, Laurel and Waldorf.