After the sun sets in Louisiana, thousands of people continue to travel on the state’s roadways. Whether they are coming home from work or going out for dinner and drinks, people are navigating alongside other cars and trucks with the help of bright headlights and streetlights. While this may be common practice, people are three times more likely to die in a car accident while driving at night than they are during the day, according to the National Safety Council.
The hours between 2pm-6pm are when most injury crashes occur in Louisiana. The hour between 5-6pm had 3,892 crashes in 2018, which was the highest single hour of the day.
The hour of the day with the most fatal crashes was 9-10pm with a total of 52. The hour of 8-9pm was closely behind with 51 crashes, followed by 7-8pm with 48 fatal crashes.
As the data in the charts above shows, most fatal crashes in Louisiana occur in the late hours and early morning hours of the day. One of the main reasons why driving at night is so dangerous is the lack of natural light. Driving under low-light conditions can make it difficult for drivers to estimate the distance and speed of an on-coming vehicle when turning out into traffic. It can inhibit a driver’s peripheral vision as well. The bright glare of approaching headlights may even cause temporary blindness. The NSC reports that people over the age of 50-years-old require twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. This is especially true if the motorist has eye conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts. When the sun goes down, there is also an increase of drunk drivers on the road.
What can people do to minimize their risk of being involved in a night-time accident? Follow these safety tips below.