What You Need to Know About Driving in the Dark

There are many personal injury hazards to driving in conditions when there is not enough light. If you have to leave your house in the morning before the sun rises or in the dark, it is good to know the dangers, which you should look out for. 40% of collisions happen at night. You could end up hurting someone and or yourself and this will result in personal injury claims and expenses.

20% of serious accidents on motorways are a result of drivers falling asleep while traveling.  Commuting in the city has become more hazardous too and it is a must to be wary of new LED pedestrian crossings. Sometimes they can be so bright that it is impossible to tell if there is someone there or not.

Night riders are at high risk because the lights of cyclists can easily be outshone by other lights around them. The lamps from motorcycles can also be difficult to pick out close to car headlamps.

An average of 30 bikers are killed or seriously injured daily at junctions so drivers must look consciously for bikers when turning at junctions rather than just casually scanning for car lights.

Unlit roads and accidents

A high percentage of accidents happen on unlit roads. Statistics from AA reveal that accidents during nighttime in bad weather have considerably fallen in the last few years – but only when there is street lighting. Accidents in snow and ice have fallen to 21.8% but only 5.2% when there are no lights.

Making a claim

Do not be afraid to make a personal injury claim if you have been involved in a car accident. If you are injured in an accident during darkness which was not your fault, you must talk to a qualified solicitor as soon as you possibly can. You may be entitled to compensation from your losses ad injuries.

There are businesses known as claims companies which can help you find the most suitable solicitor. Majority of the claims handlers will not be able to represent you in court. Before hiring any claims company, you must first make sure that they are authorized.

If you want to use the “now win, no fee” agreement, you will not have to pay the solicitor any amount unless you win the case. However, you may still have to pay for the following costs:

  • Court fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Fees for experts

If you lose the case, the solicitor will charge you for winning the case and you have to also pay for the following:

  • The other party’s legal costs
  • Other fees and charges

You may also have insurance policy that can pay for legal costs so check your policies to see if they include legal expenses insurance. You must also check if you have legal cover as a member of a union or an organization. Most policies only cover you for certain types of legal problem and have various terms and conditions.

If you are not insured, you can also take out an “after-the-event” insurance. A solicitor can help you choose one and may even take it out on your behalf.