Motorists are being urged to take extra care on the roads now that British Summertime has ended.
Latest figures from Road Safety GB North East show a 97 per cent rise in the number of motorists and pedestrians hurt or killed in accidents in the two weeks after the start of the dark nights.
In North Tyneside, the number of incidents rose from 34 to 67.
The most notable increases are seen between 5pm and 7pm.
Paul Watson, chairman of Road Safety GB North East, said: “It’s that time of year again when we are getting ready to alter the clocks and with that comes the sudden onset of the dark nights.
“I think it takes us all a few days to get accustomed to the dark nights, especially as we leave work and head home on the region’s roads.
“There are a number of factors that cause the increase in accidents, but failing to look is the main contributor, along with failing to judge the path or speed of other road users.
“We want to remind people to take particular care and to pay extra attention.
“We would love to reverse this trend that sees more people seriously hurt and killed during this key fortnight.”