I see a lot of vehicles on the road at night that have no tail lights on. From countless observations I've made, this is usually due to the vehicle having decently bright daytime running headlights (DRL), and a bright dashboard display (you'd think a bright dashboard would be an indicator your car is in daytime mode). Sometimes the fancier the car, the more likely people seem to miss this step as the DRLs are much brighter.
It seems like the driver is thinking that because they can see the road and their instruments, they don't realize they don't actually have their night-time lighting fully on. I've tried to flash these people and maybe like <1% of people turn their lights on, but otherwise people just think I'm getting agro with them so I don't really do it anymore. Their lack of safety isn't worth my hassle. This is also in L.A. so I think all the additional lighting doesn't clue them in as well unless they go down a dark street, then I'll usually see them turn on.
AFAIK, DRLs were created for safety. I guess somehow cars weren't easy to see in the day time(?!), so they added always-on headlights. Okay sure, but I've almost always have been able to see a car during the day. However at night, sometimes these little shadow monsters come flying out of nowhere and unless directly blocking your view from a lit up road/building/etc, you wouldn't even notice it was there. Particularly dangerous on the freeways.
Why would manufacturers just make DRLs brighter over time, but never also introduce at least a somewhat dim tail light in case the operator is not educated or careful enough to properly enable the full lighting system when it's actually necessary? It can't be that much extra cost. Maybe because the gov't hasn't told them to (yet)?