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Avoid accidents when driving after dark

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The hours after sunset until sunrise are typically the most dangerous hours to be on the road in California. Not only does one have to worry about limited visibility, but occasionally one may encounter other drivers who are distracted or driving while intoxicated during these hours. To avoid motor vehicle accidents, drivers should use extra caution during times when visibility is limited.  

Driving safely during hours with limited visibility 

One of the most important things to remember when driving in low light conditions is that even with the high beams on, one can only see about 500 feet in front of the vehicle. With regular headlights, the distance is limited to around 250 feet. To avoid crashing into another vehicle or some other hazard on the road, drivers should clean their headlights and windshields before driving at night. Those who wear glasses can benefit from using ones that have anti-reflective lenses to help them see better after dark. 

Older drivers often lose confidence when driving after dark because of compromised vision due to age-related conditions. Some older drivers can benefit from taking a refresher course in driving safety and getting regular eye exams. All drivers should pay attention to road conditions after dark and reduce speed when necessary. 

Not all crashes are avoidable 

Negligent driving continues to contribute to crashes on California’s roadways. Even the safest drivers can be injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver’s negligence. The financial impact of a serious motor vehicle crash can be devastating for victims. Fortunately, California accident victims have the right to seek compensation from the driver at fault to help them recover some of their damages.