How Does Poor Street Lighting Contribute to Auto Accidents?

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Many enjoy driving at night, as it offers a sense of freedom. Because there are significantly fewer cars on the road, you can relax while listening to your favorite tunes instead of dealing with stressful traffic. However, that relaxation may become anxiety when approaching a section of road with little to no street lighting. Unfortunately, this can be a scary situation. Keep reading to learn why this is often dangerous and how a Baltimore County auto accident attorney can help you if you’ve been injured in this situation.

What Are the Dangers of Driving in an Area with No Street Lighting?

Those who drive in areas with no street lighting are at an increased risk of not seeing hazards in the road until it’s too late. This includes debris, animals, and other vehicles. Without adequate lighting, you run the risk of being unable to stop for hazards. Improper lighting can also make it unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists traveling at night.

Not only can this make it easier to see hazards on the road, but it also increases safety as you are able to see road signs better. This helps ensure that you and other drivers can see the posted speed limit, changes in traffic flow, and upcoming blind curves.

What Should I Do to Stay Safe?

If you approach an area that has poor lighting for drivers, it’s essential to take the necessary steps.

The most important thing you can do is to slow down. The faster you drive, the slower your reaction time is. Couple this with the inability to see what’s in front of you, and the situation becomes more dangerous. As such, taking your time driving down dark roads while limiting other distractions can help you focus on what lies ahead and react quicker to any hazards or dangers.

You may also want to consider turning your high beams on, as this can help illuminate the area. However, you may become temporarily blind by the sudden bright lights, which can also be dangerous. Similarly, you should not turn your high beams on when other cars are approaching, as it may also blind drivers.

If I’m Injured, What Are My Legal Options?

If injured due to inadequate lighting and a negligent driver, you may not know how to proceed. However, you’ll want to contact an attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve when you’re injured. You can receive funds for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi, our legal team is dedicated to examining the circumstances of your situation to fight for the best possible outcome. We will work tirelessly to assist you so you have the best chance of receiving the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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