Your chances of being in a Dallas car accident are much higher during certain times of day and under certain conditions. As Autumn rapidly approaches, two of the most deadly times of day, dusk and dawn, occur during most people’s waking hours. The morning hours mean that rush hour is not only crowded and stressful, but that many drivers are either going to work in low-light conditions or that they’re driving straight into the blazing sun. The same is true at the end of the day, when early sunsets and twilights work against visibility.
There are some basic steps you can take to avoid being in a wreck because of these conditions:
- Slow down
- Turn on your lights
- Assume other drivers don’t see you
- Watch the road closely
- Remove sunglasses as soon as conditions darken
Many personal injury claims are generated during the dusk and dawn hours of the day. While the light conditions are changing, your eyes are adapting to them. This takes longer than you probably think. To truly accommodate your eyes to dim conditions, it takes roughly an hour of sitting still and not looking into any artificial light. Obviously, the highways are full of artificial light and your eyes don’t adjust so well when they’re constantly being subjected to changing conditions.
A car wreck attorney can help you see if you have a case if you’ve been injured in one of these common types of wrecks. No matter what the lighting conditions, other drivers on the road are obligated to share it with you and, if they’re being reckless or inconsiderate and you’re hurt because of it, there may be a legal recourse for you and you may be able to get compensated for your pain and suffering.
Remember that a vehicle accident lawyer, while they’re a great resource, is someone who’s called after a bad situation has already manifested. It’s best to be safe and to avoid the wreck altogether. You can avoid a lot of trouble by simply following the tips listed above. If possible, you may wish to avoid driving during those hours when the greatest percentage of accidents occur. Remember that, during these hours, it’s much harder to spot road conditions that may pose additional hazards to drivers. Keep this in mind and, when conditions are bad and light is low, slow down and drive extra carefully.