Twice a year, we change our clocks to adjust for daylight saving time. Daylight savings time ends in the fall and begins again in the spring. There are two important things we can do when we change our clocks to make life a little safer: change the batteries in our smoke detectors and drive more carefully. Changing the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms ensures that these devices are working correctly and are there to protect you from Florida burn injuries or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Some experts believe that daylight savings time changes also require us to be more careful on the roads. There is a suggestion that Florida truck accidents, car accidents, and pedestrian accidents increase in November and in the Spring, when the time changes. Time change can affect our sleep patterns. In November as well, school closures, holiday shopping, holiday events, and weather can also contribute to Florida pedestrian accidents and truck accidents.
The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 59 000 individuals were injured in car accidents nationwide in 2009. Another 4 092 pedestrians that same year sustained fatal injuries. According to the NHTSA, most traffic accidents take place between 4 pm and 8 pm and also between 4 am and 8 am. According to the NHTSA, changes daylight, time changes, and distracted driving all contribute to these injuries and fatalities.
The NHTSA has several tips that can help us all prevent Florida truck accidents and traffic accidents during the winter months:
1) Pedestrians and bicyclists should wear reflective clothing and carry flashlights or use bicycle lights to ensure that drivers can see them correctly. Pedestrians and bicyclists should also not wear headphones, especially during the evenings. Headphones are a distraction and can prevent a pedestrian or cyclists from hearing warning horns and other audio clues.
2) Drivers should check tires, lights, windows, and mirrors before each drive. Lights, mirrors, and windows are especially vital when driving late at night in ensuring good visibility. Passenger vehicles especially need to consider good visibility when sharing the road with trucks, which have many blind spots.
3) Pedestrians should remain alert and rely not just on traffic signals when crossing streets. Where possible, walk on streets. If you are walking in a rural area and must walk along the shoulder of the road, avoid walking in the dark and make sure to walk facing traffic. Avoid crossing without traffic lights and crossing from between parked cars. Truck drivers do not expect pedestrians outside of crosswalks and may not be able to step in time to avoid an accident.
If you have been injured in a Florida truck accident or traffic accident, contact the legal team at the Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your case. With law offices in Homestead, Miami, and Hollywood, the Flaxman Law Group is able to serve the entire Southern Florida community.