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by Jeff Rasansky - November 9, 2010
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

You have a greater risk of being involved in a Dallas car accident during the nighttime hours. This is, of course, due to the limited visibility, but also due to the driving habits of most of the people on the road. The number one mistake people make when driving at night is not slowing down. You have to take visibility into account when you’re on the road.

When you’re driving at night, the following risks usually present themselves:

  • Road signs make it seem like your headlights give more visibility than is the case
  • The headlights on other vehicles, if one is burned out, may cause you to misjudge their distance
  • Some drivers have their brights on at all times, blinding you as they approach

iStock_000011016139MediumYour headlights cannot be judged by the farthest street sign they illuminate. Street signs are very reflective and it takes little light to make them shine. If you stood under the streetlight where your headlight was reflecting, you’d likely see that very little of the ground would be illuminated. Always judge the reach of your headlights by the road in front of you. You need to be able to stop in the time it takes you to reach the end of your headlight beams when you see an obstruction.

When drivers approach you with one headlight out, or when you have a motorcycle coming toward you, it can throw off your sense of distance. Look for the outline of the vehicle around the headlights. Make sure that you’re not mistaking a vehicle with one headlight for one that is far enough away that the headlights seem to be one.

If someone comes at you with their brights on, look at the right side of the road until they pass. You can make sure you’re following the road by paying attention to the line on the right of your lane. Looking into the headlights will blind you temporarily. Flashing the other driver may get them to turn off their brights, but you’ll still suffer the afterimages.

If you get into a wreck because someone was being reckless, call a auto wreck lawyer. They can help you to determine if you have a case that may win you money. If you do, they can argue it in court for you or negotiate a settlement, in some cases. Some of them work for no upfront fees.

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