Every autumn, we all celebrate the time when we can turn our clocks back and get an extra hour of sleep. However, the appreciation for the end of Daylight Savings time is often short-lived and can dissipate quickly when the sun starts setting by 5 p.m. or earlier. Not only does this rob many people of sunlight in the evenings but it can also cause problems on the roadways.
During Daylight Savings, the rush hour commute home generally takes place while the sun is still out. Drivers can quickly get used to the greater visibility during the spring and summer months and the first evening – when they must drive home in the dark – can be quite a shock. While they are adjusting to traffic in the darkness, many drivers can make careless mistakes and can be involved in accidents.
There is an especially high risk of pedestrian accidents and injuries around the time that Daylight Savings changes. Pedestrians who normally walk home or down the street in the daylight hours may not think to wear bright or reflective clothing to make themselves more visible in the dark. Statistics indicate that about 170 pedestrians are killed after the end of Daylight Savings time and many more likely suffer serious injuries in accidents.
Your Rights After an Accident
If a driver crashes into you and causes you injuries, you may have the right to hold that driver liable for all of your injury-related losses. However, the fact that the sun sets earlier is not enough to prove liability. Instead, you must demonstrate that the driver in question acted in a negligent manner to cause the accident.
Some examples of negligence that may combine with the end of Daylight Savings time to cause a collision include:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving due to drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive or impatient driving
- Failing to yield at intersections
- Failing to watch for pedestrians or bicyclists
Once you can prove that the driver acted negligently, you can file an insurance claim or personal injury claim, if needed, to seek compensation for the losses you have incurred. The following are some losses for which you may seek recovery:
- Medical bills and estimated costs of future medical treatment
- Past and future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
- Permanent disfigurement
- Emotional trauma
- Wrongful death
Find Out How an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Can Help You
While there may be higher risks of traffic accidents at certain times of the year, the truth is that a crash can happen at any time and for a number of reasons. If you are suddenly seriously injured in an accident, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights, please contact our office today.