Tips to Stay Safe on California Roads During Nighttime Hours
While California roads are always some of the most dangerous in the country, this is even truer during nighttime hours. There are several reasons that roads can be much less safe. While most people know that night is somewhat unsafe, they are often surprised to know that half of all wrongful death car accidents happen at night. This is true even though there are not nearly as many people on the roads at night.
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we work with people in all kinds of accidents, from motorcycle accidents to bus accidents. We can help after the fact by working to get the compensation our clients need. That said, the best option is to avoid accidents and injuries in the first place. Read on to learn how you can do that and then call us at 909-982-0707 if you have questions about the legal aspects of a car accident.
Wear your seatbelt
A seatbelt isn’t designed to prevent a car accident but it can prevent a fatality when an accident occurs. Remember that most accidents happen within 15 miles of home. No matter the time of day or night, no matter how long or short your trip will be, it’s worth it to put on your seatbelt.
Make sure your headlights are in good shape
Your headlights primarily exist to ensure you can see well at night. They keep the street lit in the dark and when it’s raining, and they make it easier for other vehicles to see you. If your lights aren’t working correctly then you won’t be able to see as well as you should – and others may not be able to see you.
If your lights work well but you have trouble seeing them, then you may have issues with night vision. The best plan is to visit with your doctor to see if there are solutions. You can also dim your instrument panel as low as it will go. This will help you better see during the night as it makes it easier to refocus from your instrument panel to the road and vice versa.
Be careful of animals at night
There are many types of animals that are more active at night than they are during the day. Keep an eye for them and know what to do if you see one. If you see the reflection in their eyes far down the road, then you can slow down and keep an eye out for them. if you don’t see it until the last minute then you may need to just keep driving. Remember that swerving to avoid it or breaking hard can put you in danger as well as others on the road.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, whether during the day or at night, then you need to speak to a personal injury attorney. Reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to learn more about your options. We are here to offer a free legal consultation to let you know what your rights are.