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The end of Daylight Saving Time increases pedestrian accidents

When we set our clocks back one hour last weekend, many of us noticed the night coming earlier than last week, and our commutes may have been a bit darker. According to a report, Daylight Saving Time ending causes pedestrian accidents across the country to increase.

Statistics show that this increase seems to coincide with Daylight Saving Time. This is likely because many driver aren't used to seeing as many pedestrians after dark, and aren't adjusted to commuting home after it is dark out. Pedestrian accidents can be very devastating.

When a pedestrian is involved in a car accident, they likely aren't protected in the same way people in cars are. People in cars have structural protection, and the assistance of safety technology. However, people walking to their destinations can suffer very severe injuries, including broken bones and head injuries, if they are hit by a car.

When pedestrians are in crosswalks, it is important that cars yield. As the darker months set in, it is important that drivers and pedestrians are on the look out for each other. Pedestrians should remember that drivers might not see them, and driver should drive slower and be attentive in pedestrian-dense areas.

If someone is injured because of a driver's negligence in San Antonio, they might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can help a person understand their rights and work to seek compensation for the person's injuries. These injuries may not only result in medical expense, but also lost wages.

Source: ABC 23, "Leaving Daylight Saving Time means more pedestrian accidents," Mark Christian, Oct. 29, 2013

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