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The weeks after Daylight Saving Time ends are historically the most dangerous weeks for pedestrians. With less hours of sunlight, drivers are still getting accustomed to a darker morning commute to work and a darker evening commute home. Research finds that the one hour time change does affect the body, health and even driving habits/traffic safety.
On average, 6 pedestrians are hit by cars every day in Toronto. According to Toronto Police Services, pedestrians and drivers are equally at fault due to habits like distracted driving and distracted walking. An Ontario coroner’s report suggested that intersections with high rates of pedestrian collisions should have “leading pedestrian intervals” which would allow pedestrians to have a head start before drivers can enter the intersection.
On November 18, 2015, there were 13 pedestrians struck within a 5 hour span in Toronto. According to a Toronto Sun Article, Constable Clint Stibbe of Toronto Police Services- Traffic Services, acknowledged that while it was a particularly rainy day, most collisions involving pedestrians usually involve human error and was quoted as saying,
“When pedestrians are struck at an intersection, it’s often caused by driver error…. And when people are hit mid-block, it’s usually pedestrian error.”
According to Constable Stibbe, mid-November to mid-December is the worst time for pedestrians.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that the one hour time change seems to impact the number of pedestrians killed by motorists in the immediate aftermath of the return to standard time in the fall. The research found that pedestrians who were walking during rush hour in the first few weeks after turning back the clocks were more than 3 times as likely to be fatally struck and the number increased after 6pm after the clocks had changed. The researchers felt that this occurred because both drivers and pedestrians were used to months of more day light and do not immediately adjust their driving/walking behaviours.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians:
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If you have been injured as the result of a car accident, whether you were a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, you may be wondering about your legal rights and obligations. You may be wondering about the types of compensation you may be entitled to. It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Our law firm offers a free, no obligation initial consultation and we are available to meet in person, by phone or via Skype.
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