NHTSA’s Daylight Saving Tips for Motorists

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the time change. The end of daylight saving time means drivers will have different levels of light and visibility on their early morning and late afternoon commutes. In 2012, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes on roadways across the country, and evening hours are the deadliest time of day.

Drivers and pedestrians need to remain vigilant as daylight saving time ends and as the days get shorter. The hours between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. are particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Drivers should also allow themselves additional time for their morning commutes this week as they adjust to a different level of light, visibility or glare during morning drives. The NHTSA offers drivers and pedestrians a variety of tips for making the transition a little bit safer.

Tips for Drivers

• Slow down, especially in the evening hours.
• Remember that pedestrians may be wearing headphones or hats and may not hear or notice your vehicle approach.
• Keep windshields, windows, and mirrors clean for the best possible visibility.

Tips for Pedestrians

• Carry a flashlight or attach reflective materials, especially if you’re going to be walking in the evening.
• Don’t count on traffic signals. Remain vigilant in case of distracted drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road.
• When available, use sidewalks and crosswalks.
• Watch out for cars in driveways and intersections.
• Pay attention to the road and avoid distractions like cell phones.

After a Pedestrian Accident

Since pedestrians are an incredibly vulnerable roadway user group, accidents involving pedestrians can be catastrophic or fatal. Even seemingly minor crashes at relatively low speeds can be devastating or deadly for pedestrians and cyclists. They simply do not have the same level of safety and protection as passenger vehicle occupants. After any accident, your first priority has to be your health, but as soon as you’re able, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in San Diego or along the Central Coast, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970 for a free case consultation today.

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