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The dangers of driving after dark

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2024 | Car Accidents

Accidents can happen at any time of day or night, but you’re more likely to encounter an intoxicated or drowsy driver after dark. When you’re navigating Ohio’s roadways, you may do everything possible to keep yourself safe, but you can’t always avoid other negligent drivers. Driving after dark is generally riskier than driving during daylight hours. Understanding those risks can help you know what to do if you’re injured in a crash.  

Nighttime driving 

When driving after dark, your visibility is limited. Using your high beams can help you see the road and obstacles that could cause an accident. But when other drivers use their high beams incorrectly, while driving toward you or following closely behind your vehicle, you may not be able to see well enough to avoid a crash.  

Two-lane highways can be much more dangerous after dark. These roads require you to drive toward oncoming traffic where other drivers may be distracted, intoxicated, or tired. Driving on rural roads at nighttime often means you must navigate curves and hills with limited visibility.  

Help for injured victims 

Even cautious drivers can be involved in an accident when another driver is negligent. If you’ve suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another driver, you may be facing medical bills, loss of income while you recover, and other accident-related expenses. These can add up very quickly, which can put you in a significant financial bind. By speaking with an attorney who is familiar with Ohio’s personal injury laws, you can understand your options in seeking compensation from the driver at fault.