Pedestrian-Car Accidents Are More Common at Night: Here's Why
Vehicles strike about nine pedestrians every hour in the United States. On top of that, 12 pedestrians are killed every day. Of these pedestrian-auto collisions, many of them take place at night. If you’re a driver, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of pedestrian-involved accidents and to take extra caution when driving at night. Why is night so dangerous for pedestrian crashes? At night, a few conditions create a higher chance of a pedestrian- involved crash. One of the more apparent conditions is lowered visibility. The darkness creates a visual impairment when you are on the road, even with headlights on. Pedestrians are not always going to be in well-lit areas, and visibility out of your rearview and side mirrors is almost nonexistent. Additionally, at night, people have a slower reaction time than they do during the day, largely due to reduced visibility. The small difference in reaction time can be the difference between life and death for a pedestrian walking at night. Another reason night is so dangerous for these types of crashes is that, typically, nighttime is when individuals feel the most tired or fatigued. They have already had a long day or may even be on the road past their bedtime. Fatigue, in itself, is a dangerous
condition when you’re driving. Again, it can lower a driver’s reaction time and increase the possibility of an accident.
How can you avoid pedestrian-involved crashes? As a motorist, you can do a few things to avoid pedestrian-involved vehicle
crashes. First, if you are driving at night, drive a bit slower than you might during the day and always abide by the speed limit.
Additionally, make sure you yield to pedestrians on the side of the street and at all crosswalks and highly trafficked areas for walkers.
Another tip you should always abide by as a driver, regardless of whether it is day or night, is to never drink and drive or drive under the influence of any other substances. Together, these tips help make for safer nighttime driving conditions, which is ideal for everyone!
Korean Beef Rice Bowls
This sweet and spicy rice bowl comes together in just 30 minutes and serves four.
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1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, 2 tbsp water, brown sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. 2. Spray a deep, nonstick skillet with cooking oil and place over high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks. 3. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger to the meat and cook for 1 minute. 4. Pour sauce over the beef, then cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. 5. Divide rice evenly into four serving
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1 lb lean ground beef 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 2 tbsp gochujang sauce, or more if desired 3 cups cooked brown rice 1 small cucumber, sliced 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, plus more for topping 2 scallions, thinly sliced
bowls. Top each with scant 2/3 cup beef, cucumber slices, sesame seeds, scallions, and gochujang, to taste.
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