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Increased Pedestrian Accidents Due To Time Change

Craig McClellan

After setting the clocks back in the fall for Daylight Savings Time (DST), many people find themselves traveling home after work in the dark. While most people don’t think twice about the change, studies show that pedestrians and drivers are at a higher risk for getting into accidents. What might have been a safe walk home last week might be a risky endeavor this week. Pedestrians and drivers need to be aware of the dangers surrounding DST and take steps to combat it.

Unseen Dangers of Daylight Savings Time

For many pedestrians, the winter weather during or soon after DST discourages them from walking around. In areas like San Diego, however, pedestrians rarely experience inclement weather and continue on in their normal routines. Children walking home from school are especially at risk after dark. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, don’t delay calling San Diego personal injury attorneys from The McClellan Law Firm for legal advice and representation.

To ensure your safety after DST, consider these tips for pedestrians:

  • Dress in bright or reflective clothing after dark
  • Don’t walk around with headphones on
  • Don’t talk on the phone as you walk
  • If possible, children should avoid walking after dark

Drivers need to take extra precautions as well:

  • Check twice for pedestrians at intersections and crossings
  • Minimize distractions such as the radio or your phone
  • Drive cautiously around blind corners
  • Ensure you are well-rested before driving

Don’t Drive Drowsy

DST can throw off sleep schedules for many vehicle operators, increasing their risk for hitting a pedestrian or another vehicle. In 2013, a UBC sleep expert referenced a study that found a five to seven percent increase in accident fatalities during the three days following spring daylight savings time, in which people “lose” an hour of sleep. However, the same study indicated less accidents in the months following spring DST, due to more light in the evenings.

Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in San Diego

For information regarding pedestrian accidents and what avenues to pursue if you have been injured, contact a San Diego personal injury attorney from The McClellan Law Firm. Our firm is dedicated to compassionate support for our clients and aggressive representation in the courtroom.

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