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Nights and Weekends Increase Car Accident Risks for Portland Drivers

Over the course of 2019, there was an alarming increase in car accidents in Oregon. Unfortunately, this trend has continued this year with nearly a dozen fatal crashes occurring over the past two months. These accidents threaten the lives of drivers, as well as motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. As public safety and law enforcement officials work to address the causes, it is important for motorists in Portland to take the steps needed to protect themselves. This includes being aware of the dangers, such as when crashes and collisions are most likely to occur. 

When You Drive Impacts the Likelihood of Car Accidents

Two tragic and deadly car crashes occurred on a recent Saturday night in Portland. This brings the total number of fatal car accidents over the course of January and February to ten. According to a March 2, 2020 report by KXL 101 News, a motorcyclist was fatally injured after colliding with an SUV on Southeast 34th and Powell just before 6:30 p.m. Several hours later, a 36-year-old woman was struck and killed at the intersection of Northeast 42nd and Halsey by a passing motorist, who ended up fleeing the scene. Other recent fatalities due to car accidents in our area involve head-on or rear-end collisions. 

While public safety officials continue to work at addressing infrastructure problems that contribute to these crashes, the primary cause is generally the reckless actions of others involved. Speeding, disregarding traffic signals, and driving under the influence all make car accidents more likely to happen. While these types of behaviors can occur at any time of day, they are most likely to occur at night and over weekends or holidays. 

Reducing Your Car Accident Risks

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the hours after dark are among the most dangerous on the roads, with fatal accidents peaking on Saturday nights. In addition to reckless driving behaviors, poor night vision and being tired increase the odds of potentially fatal crashes and collisions. To reduce your risks, follow these safety tips: 

  • Have your vision checked regularly by a doctor and review all medications to ensure they do not impact your driving abilities. 
  • If driving at night is a major problem, limit your trips and rely on ridesharing or public transit instead.
  • If you are going out for the night with friends, have a designated driver you trust and leave your car at home. 
  • If you are driving at night, pay close attention to the road and adhere to all traffic regulations.
  • Keep an eye out for signs other drivers may be tired or impaired, such as swerving from lane to lane, and be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road. 

Let Us Help You Today

When car accidents impact you or those you love, the Johnston Law Firm P.C. provides the trusted legal representation you need. To find out how we can help you get compensation in a claim, call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland car accident attorneys online and request a consultation today. 


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.