Saturday, November 1, 2008

Daylight Saving Time Switch & Increased Number Of Pedestrian Collisions & Car Accidents

The staff at the BressmanLaw reminds you to set your clocks back 1 hour this weekend. Please use extreme caution as you adjust to the time change and earlier darkness. When the clocks move back, pedestrian collisions, crosswalk accidents and personal injury cases involving motor vehicles are more likely.
According to a CNN report, pedestrians walking at dusk are three times more likely to be struck by a car than before the clocks are moved back.
The highest risk for pedestrians occurs around 6 p.m. during November. This risk decreases each month until May [when the spring time change and longer days cause accidents to drop dramatically]. Reports show that it is not the actual dark that causes these pedestrian car accidents, it is the drivers' adjustments to the earlier darkness.
Drivers: Be on the lookout for pedestrians as you drive at dusk and after dark.
Pedestrians: Take extra care to make sure that drivers can see you.
Be safe!
The Staff of BressmanLaw

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