Daylight Savings Time Increases Risk for Pedestrians
Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2023 at 1:32 pm
If you’re a walker, the end of daylight savings time is not necessarily good news for you. Here in Sacramento, sunset is officially just before 5 p.m., and studies show that dusk is when the most significant number of pedestrian accidents occur. This can put a crimp in your healthy habit of taking a walk after work.
It’s the responsibility of drivers to be aware of their surroundings and vigilant in watching for pedestrians. As a walker, there are a few ways you can make yourself more visible:
- Wear bright colors or put reflective tape on your clothing.
- Carry a lit flashlight.
- Walk in designated pedestrian areas whenever possible.
- Face traffic when you walk.
Ultimately, however, it’s up to drivers to see you. Unfortunately, several driving behaviors have a negative impact on a driver’s abilities. One is drowsy driving, as it takes many people a few weeks to adjust to the time change. Other causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving—texting, fiddling with the radio or GPS, even for a few seconds, can be enough for a car to veer off onto the shoulder or into a pedestrian lane.
- Reckless driving
- Failing to stop at a yield or stop sign.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
These are all negligent behaviors on the part of a driver. In pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accidents, the pedestrian always loses. If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident caused by the irresponsible actions of a driver, you are entitled to damages. Our experienced attorneys will be able to investigate your case and help you understand your rights independently. Together, you can make the best decision on how to move forward and get the compensation you deserve.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a pedestrian accident? If so, Tiemann Law Firm can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling (916) 999-9000 or toll-free (800) 712-2000.