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Norfolk, VA Personal Injury Attorney Reports: 'Falling Back' Can Make Roads More Dangerous

November brings colder weather, turkey and time with loved ones. Also, the month brings the end of daylight saving time, causing citizens nationwide to “fall back” an hour. Adjusting our clocks may be more than just a minor annoyance – the effects could be downright dangerous.

Researchers have discovered that the risk of pedestrian deaths at 6 pm is far higher in November than any other month. Shockingly, the study reveals that per mile, risk jumps 186 percent between October and November. The rate drops again in December, when people have adjusted to the time change.

With the end of daylight saving time, it gets darker earlier. And with people heading home from work, there are more people driving in near-darkness. A University of Michigan study shows that there were 65 fatal pedestrian collisions the week before daylight savings time ends, and 227 the week after. These numbers show just how dangerous it is to be a pedestrian this time of year.

If you're driving home from work tonight, make sure to turn on your headlights. Pay close attention to pedestrians, even in commercial districts where you may not expect their presence.

Pedestrians, pay close attention to traffic laws, and never jay walk. Don't walk with headphones in, because you might not hear a car coming your direction. Try not to wear dark clothing if you're walking home after dark. If the numbers show anything, it's that these deaths will become less likely in coming weeks.

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