Three pedestrians were struck by a vehicle earlier this month on Blue Diamond Road near Cimarron Road in Las Vegas. Reports indicate all three were juveniles, and two of the victims were rushed via airlift to local hospitals to treat life-threatening injuries. The third pedestrian, a 14-year-old girl, was pronounced dead at the accidents scene. The Clark County Coroner ruled her cause of death was multiple injuries resulting from a car hitting a pedestrian.
Pedestrian lawyers in Las Vegas know that this accident, like many pedestrian crashes, occurred after dark. It was around 9:00 p.m. when the truck struck the teens. Unfortunately, darkness can make the roads much more dangerous for pedestrians, which is why the NHTSA has provided safety tips for both motorists and pedestrians to reduce the added risks caused by daylight savings time.
Daylight Savings Prompts Need for Added Vigilance to Keep Pedestrians Safe
With daylight savings and the clocks rolling back an hour, more people end up driving home in the dark during the winter months. Darkness can make it much harder for drivers to see pedestrians on the road, and thus the drivers may not even realize a pedestrian is in their path until the driver is already really close to the walker. In a lot of cases, this doesn’t leave the driver any time to stop before he hits the pedestrians.
These types of accidents are tragic, and drivers and pedestrians need to work together to do everything possible to reduce the risks after dark. For example, the NHTSA advises drivers to:
- Slow down at night because you need more time to see a pedestrian on the road.
- Remember that pedestrians might not hear cars approaching. Pedestrians with earmuffs or hats on to protect them from cooler weather could be at a disadvantage when it comes to hearing cars. Likewise, if pedestrians are wearing headphones while walking, this also makes it more likely the pedestrian won’t hear a vehicle approaching.
- Keep your windshield wipers, mirrors and windows clear to increase visibility. Ensure that you regularly test your wipers and replace washer fluid so you have working wipers in times of bad weather.
The NHTSA also advises pedestrians to:
- Wear reflective clothing and/or attach reflective materials that reflect light such as fluorescent tape or clothing. When the light is reflected, drivers will more easily be able to see you.
- Not rely too much on traffic signals. Sometimes, motorists are distracted as they adjust to night driving and may not always obey traffic signals as well as they should.
- Avoid jaywalking, and be sure to cross at crosswalks or lights. Crossing in between parked cars also significantly increases the risk of an accident.
- Stick to the sidewalk whenever you can.
By following these basic tips, hopefully tragic teen pedestrian accidents like the recent crash can be avoided and everyone can get through the winter safe and healthy.