Daylight savings time brings increased pedestrian accident risks

We turned back the clocks last week and motorists and pedestrians need to be more aware to prevent pedestrian accidents.

In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed in accidents and 59,000 were injured across the U.S. In Washington state, 61 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents last year.

According to the NHTSA, 25% of those killed in pedestrian accidents were killed between 4pm and 8pm and 13 percent were killed between 4am and 8am. With daylight savings time and winter upon us, pedestrians and motorists alike must be cautious to avoid an accident.

Motorist Tips

  • Drive slowly especially early morning and evenings when kids are catching buses and walking to and from school.
  • Remember that pedestrians may not hear your approach especially with the ubiquitous use of earbuds and iPods.
  • Use your defroster and make sure your windows are clear.

Pedestrian Tips

  • Choose clothing and backpacks that have reflective tape or materials on them.
  • Don’t count on a traffic signal keeping you save: look, listen and make eye contact with motorists before crossing a street.
  • Don’t walk or jog in the street; use sidewalks.
  • Use crosswalks to cross the street. Don’t cross between parked vehicles.
  • Walk facing traffic.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including medical costs and pain and suffering if your Seattle pedestrian accident was caused by the negligence of a motorist.

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