November and December Most Dangerous For Pedestrians and Cyclists

by Monty Yolles on November 8, 2012

Watch Out for Cyclists

The two months after we turn the clocks back from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time are the most dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.  As drivers adjust to navigating rush hour in near darkness, cooler temperatures cause pedestrians and cyclists to don jackets, which are often dark-colored.  The combination leads to a spike in traffic fatalities among pedestrians and cyclists this time of year.

Safety officials have taken note of greater numbers of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, and have implemented awareness campaigns to urge citizens to be more cautious.  Pedestrians and cyclists should take measures to be more visible to drivers.  Drivers can help reduce the risk of accidents by slowing down and using extra care when approaching intersections.

Some easy ways pedestrians and cyclists can improve visibility are:

  • Wear bright clothing, including outwear.
  • Wear reflective vests and accessories.
  • Add reflectors to bicycles on the front, rear, pedals, and wheels for 360-degree visibility.
  • Add front lights to bicycles with visibility of 500 feet for night riding.
  • Cross roads only in designated crossing zones.

As the likelihood of cyclist and pedestrian injury rises, take time to protect yourself and those you love.  An accident involving a pedestrian or cyclist and a vehicle can result in serious injuries or death, but with extra care, most accidents can be avoided.

Someone injured in an accident may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, especially if the accident could have been reasonably prevented or was caused by the negligence of another driver. 

Since every case is fact-specific, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate the facts related to your case and help you choose the right course of action. 

At The Yolles Legal Group, we specialize in restoring people’s lives.  We will fight for your rights and seek monetary damages if you were injured due to another person or company’s negligence.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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