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Accident Risks Increase with Daylight Savings Time

The end of daylight saving time and the setting of clocks an hour back, could mean an increased risk of auto and other accidents in Atlanta, especially those involving pedestrians.That warning comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is cautioning motorists in Georgia and around the country to take special care to avoid pedestrians.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, out of the 4,092 pedestrian fatalities that occurred last year, 25 percent occurred between 4 PM and 8 PM, while 13 percent occurred between 4 AM and 8 AM.These are some of the most dangerous times for motorists and pedestrians.As motorists get used to the new low-light driving conditions, they are much more likely to miss pedestrians walking on the street.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is warning that adjusting to the new driving conditions can take time, and voters may be disoriented, confused or just plain distracted during these times.

It’s important for motorists to look out especially carefully for pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks.Make sure that your windshield, mirrors and windows are clean, so that you can see pedestrians and other motorists.Remember that many pedestrians are wearing earmuffs and hats at this time of the year, and may not be able to hear your vehicle.Slow down speeds.

Pedestrians should also wear brightly colored or reflective clothing to ensure that they are visible to motorists at all times.Carry a flashlight when you go out during the early morning or early evening hours.Avoid distractions while you’re walking.Switch off your iPod – distractions make it harder for you to hear an approaching car.Stay on the sidewalks as much as possible, and cross the street on a marked and designated crosswalk if at all possible.

TheAtlanta pedestrian accident lawyersat the Katz Law Firm represent injured pedestrians in accidents in and around the metro Atlanta region, and across Georgia.