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Have you ever heard someone say that “nothing good happens after midnight?” It’s a common phrase that parents will direct at their children. The general idea is that many events that parents worry about — such as underage drinking — take place at night. They would prefer that their children are home at this time to avoid such outcomes.

Well, as it turns out, this is more than just a cautionary saying for teenagers. In many ways, the night really is more dangerous. When you look at car accident risks, for instance, they skyrocket after dark.

For young drivers, midnight isn’t even the most important time. Just driving after 9:00 p.m. can increase the risks. For instance, consider drivers who are 16 or 17 years old. They spend very little time on the road from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., accounting for a mere 14% of the miles that they cover. During these fateful hours, though, just under one-third of all fatal accidents happen involving these young drivers.

This risk extends to others on the road. You could be in your 40s and assume you’re safer, and you may be marginally safer from a statistical standpoint. However, you have to share the road with these young drivers who are crashing so often after dark. If one of them hits you, it doesn’t matter if you feel safe driving at night. You could still end up with life-changing injuries.

You have to take that into account when deciding when to drive, and you also need to understand your legal options if you get injured.