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Change in time may lead to additional accidents

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Many people relish the extra hour of sleep they received through the change from daylight savings time to standard time. However, it could also mean the beginning of seasonal affective disorder, since the days are considerably shorter than they were almost two months ago.

Aside from the emotional issues that may affect some people, drivers ostensibly have more hazards to be aware of as more people are likely to be on the street after dark. Because of this, drivers must be especially careful to see (and avoid) pedestrians, especially children walking home from school.

Basically, drivers must take additional precautions to ensure that their headlights are good working order, and that they avoid other distractions such as cell phone use. This, combined with the added hourse of darkness, could lead to accidents that would not normally occur during the daytime.

If a driver fails to use reasonable care while behind the wheel (either by driving while intoxicated, texting while driving, or speeding) he or she could be held liable if an accident occurs. This could leave an offending driver financially responsible for an injured pedestrian's medical expenses, pain and suffering as well as any lost income due to being able to work. Because of these potential penalties, it is incumbent on drivers to use extra caution.

Unfortunately, not all drivers heed this warning, and pedestrians are hit by cars. If you are a victim in a car-pedestrian accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and explain your rights and options. 

Source: Turnto23.com, Leaving daylight saving time means more pedestrian accidents, Mark Christian, October 29, 2013

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