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Pedestrians must be careful after daylight savings time ends

If it feels like the days are getting shorter, it’s not just you. In a little more than two weeks, daylight savings time will end; essentially putting most people in hibernation mode until next March. While it is a sign that winter is coming, it is also a warning that pedestrians may face additional dangers. After all, the time change will mean that more people will be commuting (and more pedestrians walking) while it is dark.  

It may go without saying, but the risk of pedestrians getting hit by cars (and motorcyclists) increases because they are harder to see at night. So what can pedestrians do to protect themselves? This post will highlight some helpful tips.

Wear reflective clothing – Pedestrians should welcome coats and jackets that have reflective stripes or neon colors that can be easily seen at night. Of course, the stripes help reflect light from a car’s headlights, making a pedestrian easier to see. The same can be said about certain running suits. Also, some outerwear makers have outfits that include small LED lights that can keep drivers aware of your presence.

Use crosswalks as much as possible - Second, pedestrians must be vigilant in using crosswalks at intersections. Not only are these places commonly well lit, pedestrians have many more legal protections if they are hit while in a crosswalk. With that, crossing busy roads away from crosswalks should be avoided.

With all the precautions that pedestrians can take, it should not be forgotten that drivers have a duty to look out for and avoid hazards (i.e. pedestrians, bike riders). If a driver fails to use reasonable care, and a pedestrian is injured, the driver could possibly be held liable.

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