Safety Tips For Driving At Night In Oregon

driving a car at night as another vehicle approaches with its headlights on.

Portland, Oregon, car accident lawyer explains why collisions occur at night

As the days get shorter and nights get longer this time of year, traffic safety officials at the National Safety Council (NSC) want drivers to know car accidents often occur at night due to various reasons explained on the NSC’s night driving safety tips page.

“When Daylight Saving Time ends… many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark,” the NSC night driving page states. “Depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver.”

The dangers of driving at night – especially in northern states like Oregon in the fall and winter – are real. Our Portland car accident attorneys at Zbinden & Curtis know because we have worked with many people injured in collisions caused by other drivers at night. That’s why all motorists should take care when driving after dark.

Why are car accidents more common at night?

Car accident statistics clearly show that drivers often cause collisions at night, especially in the fall and winter. For example, from October through March, the peak time for fatal car accidents is from 4 p.m. to 7:59 p.m., according to the NSC and based on accident data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The most dangerous time of all to be on the road is Saturday night when fatal car accidents peak.

According to the NSC, common reasons why collisions occur at night include:

  • Compromised night vision, especially among drivers over 50 years old.
  • Visibility is usually limited to only 500 feet ahead at night.
  • More impaired drivers are generally on the road.
  • More tired drivers, especially soon after Daylight Savings Time ends in November and late at night any time of year. An estimated 60 percent of adults admitted they drive while tired, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll cited by the NSC.
  • Difficulty seeing due to other drivers driving with their high beams on.

Safety tips for avoiding a nighttime car accident

Suggested nighttime safety tips from the NSC include:

  • Make sure your vehicle headlights are clean and aimed correctly.
  • Dim your vehicle’s dashboard lights to reduce eye strain.
  • When driving at night, look away from oncoming headlights.
  • Drivers who wear glasses should make sure their glasses have anti-reflective lenses.
  • Clean your vehicle’s windshield and eliminate streaks that can affect visibility.
  • Finally, obey posted speed limits to have enough time to safely slow down and avoid a collision.

How a Portland car accident lawyer can help you

You might think you don’t need an attorney if another driver clearly caused your nighttime car accident in Portland or another part of Oregon. Such collisions might seem straightforward. All you have to do is contact the police and file an insurance claim, right?

Don’t be so sure. Many car accident claims turn out to be complicated legal cases. That’s why our Portland car accident attorneys at Zbinden & Curtis want to help. We understand the legal challenges crash victims often face in Oregon, and we can work with you to build a strong injury claim or car accident lawsuit.

Discover what we can do for you. Contact our law firm and schedule a free consultation with a Portland car accident lawyer who puts your best interests first. We have offices in Portland and Woodburn. In addition, you only have to pay us if we get you a financial settlement or verdict. That’s because we work on a contingency fee basis.

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