Many people prefer to drive during the day but might not always be able to avoid driving at night. Unfortunately, nighttime driving can be very dangerous because of the dark conditions and other things that happen at night.
Many things are hazardous at night. Drivers must all be prepared to deal with anything that might happen so they can respond accordingly.
Wildlife might be present
Some wildlife, like deer, tend to be more active from dusk to dawn. This can put drivers at risk because they never know when an animal will dash out in front of their vehicle. Watching the sides of the road closely may help drivers to avoid the wildlife. In some cases, drivers may swerve, which could put them at risk of slamming into another vehicle.
The reduced visibility at night can have a significant impact on driving safety. Drivers may not see obstacles in enough time to stop without slamming on the brakes. Changing lanes might also be a challenge. This is especially true on roads without sufficient lighting, such as rural roads.
Highway hypnosis occurs when the headlights from other vehicles lull a driver. This can lead to the driver becoming dazed and unable to handle their driving duties appropriately.
The dangers of nighttime driving can lead to catastrophic crashes. Victims of those crashes can suffer from things like spinal cord or brain injuries, among others. Seeking compensation via a personal injury lawsuit is one option for victims to try to recover the financial damages from the wreck.