Nighttime driving is a challenge for many people. Those who are not familiar with the area in which they are driving may not be ready for certain hazards that cannot be seen in the dark. Some drivers also do not see as well at night as they do during the day, which can increase the chances of an accident.
If you suffered an injury in a crash at night and you believe the other driver was behaving in a negligent manner, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, and emotional trauma.
With a Biloxi night driving accident lawyer on your side, you can have representation during negotiations with the insurance company. If the insurer does not offer a fair settlement, the Morris Bart law firm can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court. For a free review of your situation, call us at (228) 357-9621 as soon as possible.
Why Driving at Night Can Be Dangerous
Motorists should take extra care, both with their driving behaviors and with keeping their vehicles in working order, when they plan on driving at night. There are a number of reasons why driving in the dark presents more dangers for drivers sharing the roadways than other times of the day.
If an accident during a nighttime drive leaves you with injuries, you may be able to show the other driver was acting negligently in a few different ways:
- Drunk driving: Intoxicated drivers are more likely to be on the road at night, violating Mississippi Code §63-11-30, which sets the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for a driver at 0.08%.
- Fatigued driving: Drivers operating in the late night or early morning hours may become fatigued, which could cause them to make errors on the road, potentially leading to injuries for other drivers and passengers.
- Broken headlights: Low beam headlights provide visibility of about 250 feet, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Having a burned-out headlight will greatly reduce this level of visibility. It may also prevent other drivers from seeing the oncoming car.
- Poor vision: A driver who knows he or she has compromised vision at night should not operate a motor vehicle after dark.
- Speeding: A driver who is speeding will have less time to react to a hazard than someone who is following the speed limit. This problem becomes heightened at night because of the limited performance of headlights.
- Glare: A driver operating a vehicle with a streaked windshield may not be able to see hazards clearly enough due to the glare of outside lights, leaving them in danger of causing an accident.
- Animals: Some animals, such as deer and raccoons, are more active at night, meaning a driver may swerve suddenly to avoid hitting an animal, leaving his or her lane, and causing a crash with other vehicles.
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Other Dangers at Night
Certain individuals on the roads are in more potential danger at night than others.
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Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Drivers at night may be concentrating on finding an address or a certain intersection, meaning they may not be looking for others nearby, such as pedestrians crossing the street or bicyclists on the side of the road.
If a motor vehicle driver hits you while walking or riding your bicycle at night, you have the right to seek damages for your injuries.
If you have to pull off to the side of the road to fix a flat tire or to make a call on your smartphone, you should always activate your hazard lights to alert other drivers to your position. This is especially important at night, as other drivers may not expect to see a car along the side of the road.
Still, a distracted or drunk driver may lose control of his or her vehicle, resulting in a serious crash with a stopped car at night.
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Seeking Compensation for a Night Driving Collision
When another driver hits your car and causes injuries, you have the right to seek compensation. You and your Biloxi night driving accident lawyer will have to prove that the other driver made a mistake that led to the crash.
If police officers investigating the crash choose to issue a traffic ticket to the other driver, it can serve as evidence that the other driver should be liable. Liability and negligence are important pieces of your case that the team at the Morris Bart law firm can use to win a favorable judgment.
Call us at (228) 357-9621 today for a free case review. We will be ready to begin working on your behalf as soon as you choose to hire us.
Understanding How Contingency Fees Work
As a Biloxi night driving accident lawyer, we at the Morris Bart law firm work on a contingency-fee-basis. We do not require our clients to pay anything ahead of time to secure our services. Instead, our fee comes from a percentage of the final settlement amount in the case. If our team fails to win a settlement, you do not owe us anything.
By using this type of fee structure, we are able to help victims who may not otherwise be able to afford an attorney. After a serious automobile accident, victims may be unable to work as they did prior to the crash, leaving them without a steady stream of income at the same time that they could be facing significant medical bills.
With our contingency fee, we can begin working for you immediately, even if your employment status is on hold. Call us today at (228) 357-9621 for a free review of your case.
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