You may have heard that roughly half of all fatal accidents occur during the day and half occur at night. This is true, with some reports stating that 49% of fatalities happen at night and 51% happen during the day. It may not be perfect, but this is a fairly even split.
However, as even as it may look, this actually means that the fatal accident rate at night is three times higher than the fatal accident rate during daylight hours. This is because 75% of vehicle miles traveled happen during the day, while only 25% happen at night. In other words, the traffic levels are vastly lower at night and yet there are still about half of all fatal car accidents.
Why does this happen?
There are a lot of reasons why this happens, starting with reduced visibility itself. Night driving is more difficult and young drivers need to train specifically to be able to do it. A lot of car accidents happen just because people couldn’t see very well when it was dark and they made a mistake they wouldn’t have made in the middle of the day.
But this is far from the only reason. You also have to consider things like drunk driving, which are much more common after dark than they are during the day. This just has more to do with people’s drinking habits than anything else. A lot of people don’t drink at all until dinnertime, so, while it is true that you can get hit by a drunk driver anytime, there are simply a lot more of them to contend with once the sun goes down.
What options do you have?
If you have been injured in a serious car accident or if a loved one has been killed in a fatal wreck that someone else caused, you need to know exactly what options you have to seek financial compensation.