As we move the clocks back an hour, car accidents, pedestrian accidents and other personal injury claims are more likely to occur on the roads. According to CNN.com, researchers at Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities analyzed a 21-year period and found a significant spike in traffic accidents on the Sunday that ended daylight-saving time.
The sudden loss of daylight in the evenings sends a pedestrian's risk skyrocketing, according to a seven-year study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. They found that after daylight-saving time ended in a typical October, the risk of pedestrian fatalities (per mile walked) jumped 186 percent. The researchers chalked this up not just to darker roadways, but also to drivers having a difficult time adjusting to the end of daylight-saving time.
So, enjoy the extra hour sleep, but on Sunday and days thereafter, keep an extra eye out for pedestrians. Also, be prepared for the change of sunlight glare on your way to work and home.
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