Advice for reducing auto accident risk after sunset

Many California drivers are unlikely to remember the unit in driver's education class that focused on safe driving at night. The topic may have been left out altogether or passed over briefly. Failure to understand the limitations imposed on driver eyesight and cognition by darkness may be responsible for the auto accident rate being much higher after hours. The following driving tips from insurance provider State Farm can help drivers reduce their risk of car accident.

Glare is one of the contributing factors in the higher car accident rate at night. It can make two-lane highways and city streets particularly dangerous as passing headlights temporarily blind drivers. Unfortunately, glare cannot be stopped completely. One way to minimize its effects is to ensure the windshield is clean and wipers function without leaving streaks. A dirty or smeared windshield can magnify the disorienting effects of glare.

Drowsiness is another factor in the after-dark auto accident rate. While possible at any time of day, drowsy driving is more commonly associated with accidents at night. Some accident investigation reports may refer to a driver who dozed off as a negligent driver. One study found that 37 percent of drivers self-reported falling asleep while driving. Active scanning may help prevent dozing off to some degree, but sleepy motorists are far safer getting some rest off the road.

Even drivers who take every precaution can run afoul of a negligent or drunk driver. In such a case, victims have a strong interest in ensuring a fair and thorough accident investigation. An experienced attorney may be able to help you by tracking any investigations, gathering documentation and pursuing the maximum compensation for your injuries. Even in cases of uninsured motorists or a hit-and-run accident, a lawyer might be able to get damages for medical expenses and other costs from alternative sources.