As clocks fall back, pedestrian commuters face increased risks

Many Boston area residents enjoyed an extra hour of sleep this weekend as the clocks were turned back to leave daylight saving time, but now the workweek is here and many of us are griping about a dark morning commute. A lack of sunshine in the morning hours is not only disheartening, but it is also dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.

National statistics show that the instance of car vs. pedestrian accidents increase after the time change each fall. This is likely due to the darker driving conditions.

In order to avoid becoming the victim of an accident, pedestrians may wish to wear bright or reflective clothing if they are out and about while it is still dark outside. Schoolchildren who are walking to or from school or the bus stop when it is dark might also benefit from reflective gear. And, parents should also consider rearranging schedules in such a way that would keep children from walking outside alone during darker hours.

It is also paramount for drivers to keep an active lookout for pedestrians. Many serious and fatal car vs. pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers that simply failed to see or look for pedestrians.

Drivers need to respect that pedestrians have the right of way in the Boston area. Drivers must be alert and focused as they head to work on dark roads in order to prevent accidents.

Pedestrians who are injured in collisions may benefit from seeking legal counsel in order to hold negligent motorists accountable and receive compensation for their injuries.


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