We deal with many issues when we turn the clocks back in the fall, and increased nighttime driving is one factor that is causing problems. The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West reports that traffic fatalities in Lucas County have increased by 58% over this time last year. Fewer people drive at night than during the day, but 50% of deaths from auto accidents occur at night. Several factors contribute to fatal nighttime car crashes. Some of the top reasons include fatigue and poor night vision.


Night Driving More Difficult for Older People


When driving at night, being fully aware of your surroundings becomes more challenging. This is particularly true for individuals who are over 50 years old. Combining poor night vision with a high volume of drivers on the road during rush hour can result in potentially dangerous situations as darkness sets in. Additionally, in the late fall and early winter, increased deer movement and reduced visibility make wildlife a more prominent hazard.

Fatigue is another significant issue that drivers face regardless of the time of day. It becomes particularly prevalent as seasonal affective disorder takes hold, and drivers must adjust to driving under unfamiliar conditions. This problem is compounded for individuals with medical conditions such as degenerative eye disease or cataracts.


Accidents Rise After Time Change


Due to daylight savings, the time change makes driving conditions difficult. Pedestrians and drivers struggle to adapt to darker conditions. Pedestrians frequently neglect proper precautions, walking with their back to traffic. In addition, if they are dressed in dark clothing, drivers often cannot see them on the road’s shoulder. Speed also contributes to the increase in accidents this time of year, making it crucial for drivers to exercise caution. Monitoring sleep patterns is prudent, as they often shift when we turn the clocks back. Always ensure sufficient rest and alertness before driving.

If you are involved in a nighttime automobile accident this fall, contact the car accident lawyers at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault at (419) 843-6663. Our experienced team can schedule a free consultation to discuss your unfortunate situation with an Ohio or Michigan personal injury attorney.