We all have a little NASCAR in us, but it’s important to remember that most of us aren’t out there sharing lanes with an Earnhardt. According to the Charlotte Observer, one driver just outside of the Charlotte Motor Speedway thought that he could get away with a little racing of his own. That was until he slammed into another NASCAR fan.
The pedestrian was critical injured, according to officers. The accident happened right near a pedestrian bridge that went over U.S. 29. It all happened just before 10:00 p.m. During the accident, the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was going on in the Motorway.
Our Charlotte car accident attorneys understand that nightfall comes with some serious risks for accidents, especially if you’re a more vulnerable traveler like a pedestrians, a bicyclist or even a motorcyclist. Drivers have a tough time seeing us during the daylight hours. We might as well be invisible once the sun sets.
According to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about a quarter of all travel takes place at night. What’s most alarming is that the fatality rate per vehicle mile of travel is about three times as high at night than during the day.
It’s not only the darkness that increases the risks for nighttime car accidents, but drivers are also more likely to be under the influence of alcohol and are more likely to speed during this time.
In 2005, there were about 31,500 people who were killed in car accidents in the United States. About 15,300 of these fatalities occur during the evening hours. Of those who were killed, about 70 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt when the accident happened. Of the people who died during the daytime, only about half of them were not wearing a seat belt at the time of collision. More specifically, drivers are most likely to drive without a seat belt between the hours of midnight and 3:00 a.m.
In the state of North Carolina, there were close to 1,150 people who were killed in car accidents in 2005. In these accidents, about 550 occurred during the evening hours. About 100 more who were killed during the nighttime were not wearing a seat belt.
Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to be safe out there, regardless of how you’re traveling. We all face the same obstacles when navigating during the evening hours. Make sure you adjust your traveling habits to accommodate these changes. Slow it down, keep distractions away from the driver’s seat and make sure that your full attention is on the road. Driving at night is no different than driving during the day. The only problem is that drivers and other travelers tend to underestimate the dangers around them simply because they’re masked in the darkness. Just because you can’t see these dangers as easily does not mean that they’re not there.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car crash, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 800-887-1965.
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