Daylight saving time ended in Louisiana and most other parts of the United States on Nov. 4. This means that drivers must contend with a lack of sunlight and glare from streetlights during their evening commutes. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 75 percent of traffic deaths occur after the sun goes down. In Los Angeles, the number of pedestrian deaths increased to 137 in 2017 from 74 in 2015.
There are many potential reasons for the increase, including more people living in the area. Voters could choose to establish a permanent daylight saving time if they vote yes on Proposition 7. However, those who study the issue say that adopting such a measure could simply shift the danger to the early morning hours. Instead of putting pedestrians in danger, children could be in harm’s way as they would go to school when it is still dark out.
Both pedestrians and drivers are urged to take steps to keep themselves safe. Drivers are advised to take extra time to scan for pedestrians who may be harder to see when it is dark out. Pedestrians are encouraged to make themselves as visible to drivers as possible. They are also encouraged to avoid using a smartphone or listening to music while crossing a street during times of heavy traffic.
Someone who is hurt in a motor vehicle accident may experience significant physical and mental impairment. Their injuries could range from broken bones to head trauma that causes long-term damage. A victim who is hurt by a negligent driver may be entitled to compensation. This could help to pay hospital bills or recoup lost wages. An attorney may gather evidence to help show that a driver acted in a negligent fashion.