Daylight savings time recently ended and most of the United States “fell back” one hour. Unfortunately, the time change brings about an increased risk for automobile and pedestrian accidents according to statistics found by our Miami personal injury attorneys. Many drivers have a hard time adjusting to this annual time change, which brings new low light and dark conditions in the evening hours.
Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautions drivers to be more alert and use extra caution as the sun sets earlier during evening commutes. The hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. are extremely dangerous once daylight savings time ends because drivers are faced with at times heavy traffic, along with decreased visibility and reduced reaction time and awareness. As dusk now falls during the busiest commute hours, drivers are more likely to become careless or drowsy. Darkness is one of the leading causes of pedestrian and automobile accidents, making it no surprise that the time change can bring about more accidents. Continue reading →