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Highways are often more dangerous at night

Statistics show that fatal traffic accidents are more likely to occur at night. Drivers on Pennsylvania roadways would do well to understand some of the reasons why the night presents added risks. Among the most important factors contributing to higher accident rates at night are night blindness, drunk drivers, increased construction activity and decreased visibility.

Night blindness is a condition that causes difficulty seeing in low light. Cataracts and other eye conditions may exacerbate night blindness. The condition may cause peripheral vision issues or the loss of vision at the center of a person's view. Individuals who suspect they are suffering from night blindness should consult a physician. There is no easy cure for the condition, but a doctor may be able to prescribe medication that can help.

According to the National Safety Council, older drivers have a harder time seeing at night. A driver at age 50 might need double the light that an average 30-year-old driver needs to see well and drive safely.

Generally speaking, there are more drunk drivers on highways and surface streets at night than there are during daylight hours. More drunk driving activity significantly increases the risk of car accidents. According to the NSC, the most dangerous parts of the week for car accident fatalities are weekend nights. Construction activity also increases accident risk, and many road construction projects are conducted at night.

Drivers should make sure to use their headlights and consider slowing down while driving at night. It's important not to use bright beams all the time, though, as they can make it difficult for other drivers to see. People who have been injured in car accidents at night might be entitled to recover for lost wages, medical expenses or other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help by negotiating a settlement with an insurance company.

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