Sacramento Late Night Crash. A Sacramento, late night crash, involving four vehicles happened on November 3, which left one person dead, according to a spokesperson for the Sacramento Police Department. The collision occurred shortly before midnight in the Oak Park area of the city along Broadway between 39th Street and 5th Avenue when one vehicle, for unknown reasons, crashed into a fire hydrant and three parked vehicles.
Details About the Sacramento Late Night Crash
Multiple persons were transported to a nearby hospital for injuries described as non-life threatening, and the driver of the vehicle who caused the collision died as a result of the accident. No further details have been released by the police. The area surrounding the accident was shut down to traffic until around 4:00 a.m. while police investigated the cause of the crash.
Driving at Night
Driving after dark, according to the National Safety Council, makes the risk of suffering a fatality in a Sacramento late night crash three times higher. Drunk and drugged drivers, fatigue from working a long day and having to adjust to driving at night are all factors that can lead to an accident.
Impaired Drivers Can Cause a Sacramento Late Night Crash
Drugged or drunk drivers cost more than 10,000 lives each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with a high number of injuries. Because people tend to go out with friends and eat out at night, while some party on weekends, it isn’t surprising that drunk drivers are commonly found on the roads in the evening hours. Wrong-way drivers that cause a high number of head-on collisions are often found on the roads after dark, and most of them are over the legal limit. This is one of the leading causes of a Sacramento late night crash.
Fatigue as a Cause of Late Night Accidents
The National Sleep Foundation, in a study, reports that 37 percent of fatigued drivers or around 103 million people have fallen asleep while driving. This includes those with harried schedules, truck drivers or those who are trying to work two jobs. Most accidents that happen because of falling asleep behind the wheel occur between midnight and 2:00 in the morning, 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. Reasons drowsy driving occurs include:
- Those who do shift work or have to be working irregular hours are more likely to drive fatigued because the body’s natural sleep rhythms are disrupted.
- Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, whether illegal, over-the-counter or prescription, are more likely to drive drowsy, depending on the substance they have taken.
- Those who drive for long periods of time such as truck drivers and delivery persons are apt to drive while too fatigued to meet unrealistic schedules.
- People who don’t get enough sleep the night before or who have certain medical conditions such as sleep apnea may be driving while too tired.
Impaired Night Vision and Late Night Accidents
Night vision refers to the ability to see sufficiently well after dark and can be a problem, particularly with older people. Eye diseases and age can make the ability to see after dark more difficult when they have such medical conditions as cataracts or are nearsighted, which cause a condition called night blindness. Being aware that night vision can become more difficult and taking the following measures may help:
- Have an annual vision exam, especially if you wear prescription lenses or contacts.
- Be warier of distractions after dark since concentration is important. This includes talking with other passengers or changing a radio station.
- If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, ask the doctor or pharmacist if it can affect your driving. If it does, you may be able to ask the doctor for a medicine that won’t.
- Never drink or use drugs and then drive. This is not only illegal but could cause a Sacramento late night crash resulting in serious injuries or the death of an innocent person.
- If you have problems with your vision at night and it cannot be corrected, switch to running errands to daylight hours only.
Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
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