For those who ride bicycles, the road can be especially dangerous. After all, in the event that a collision occurs involving a vehicle, with such little protection a bicyclist may be seriously hurt or killed. Helmet use and the use of other safety gear (such as reflective clothing) can be tremendously helpful. However, threats posed by reckless drivers, such as those who drive while under the influence, can lead to bicyclist fatalities regardless of the precautionary measures taken by a bicyclist. Moreover, certain times of day and riding at night can be particularly dangerous.
There are many reasons why riding a bike at night can be so dangerous. For starters, with reduced visibility, a driver may have a harder time seeing a bicyclist. Moreover, bicyclists may have more difficulty seeing as well, and some may accidentally find themselves riding in a vehicle’s path. Aside from visibility issues, there are many people who drive drunk during the night and this is also a concerning time to be on the road with respect to driver fatigue. There is an increase in the number of fatigued drivers during the nighttime hours and they may be more likely to collide with a bicyclist.
Sometimes, people need to bike at night whether they want to or not. For example, someone may need to ride to or from work or take care of other important responsibilities and they are only able to get around via bicycle. Our accidents page covers more topics that deal with traffic accident injuries.