Early dark increases risk of North Carolina pedestrian accidents

Early dusk may increase the risk of North Carolina pedestrian accidents and car accidents, particularly during the afternoon commute.

Our Charlotte injury lawyers have posted here before about the risk of serious and fatal injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports someone is killed in a pedestrian accident every two hours and a pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes. North Carolina pedestrian accidents killed 160 in 2008. Pedestrian accidents in South Carolina claimed 100 lives.
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With the clocks going back an hour, and the seasons changing, darkness is coming to the afternoon commute. And, while authorities are also worried about an increased risk of car accidents, the government has issued a warning about the risk of pedestrian accidents. Nationwide, about 40 percent of pedestrian accidents occur in the hours around dusk and dawn. Twenty-five percent occur between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The government is offering safety tips to pedestrians and motorists:

DRIVERS:
-Slow down. Darkness increases reaction time.
-Remember that pedestrians may not hear your approach.
-Keep wipers in good repair. Make sure windshield fluid is full and defroster is working properly.

PEDESTRIANS -Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing and/or tape.
-Don’t count on traffic signals to keep you safe.
-Don’t jaywalk or cross between parked cars.
-Use sidewalks.
-Walk facing traffic.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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