Nighttime driving is hands down the time where your chances of getting into an accident are increased dramatically. You are battling bright headlights in your face from both oncoming traffic and from reflected light in your rearview mirror. Pedestrians and cyclists are much harder to see. And of course, drunk driving rates are higher at night. However, if you happen to get into a nighttime collision or accident, Pete Solis Collision Center suggests the following steps to remember.
In the moments after the crash, you should focus on your protection as well as other drivers involved from hazards caused by the accident. Lighting at night on roads is either poor or non-existent. Drivers heading in your direction will have difficulty seeing you from afar. Let them know that you’re there by putting out traffic triangles or warning lights. If you don’t have these items, turn on your hazard lights and leave your headlights on, if possible. Preferably, all of the cars involved in the collision should do exactly the same.
If there are no serious injuries to address, try and remove large pieces of crash debris from the area of the collision. Do this only if there is no hazard to you getting hit by traffic! Otherwise, stay away as far as possible from these debris chunks, as they may get hit by oncoming traffic and fly toward you.
We mentioned at the top of this blog that drunk driving increases substantially at night. As a driver, not only do you have to be aware and careful of drunks while you are behind the wheel. But, on the side of the road as well. Stay as far as you can from the roadside and out of the way of other cars. If you are in an isolated area, consider sitting inside your car. Call police (911 for injuries or fire) as soon as the accident happens, so that they can be there to provide assistance quickly.
Finally, always be aware of your surroundings both inside and outside your vehicle in an accident. Keeping some kind of reflective clothing, or buying a construction safety vest is also a great idea as part of your car emergency kit.
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