October and November Are Historically Dangerous Months for Both Motorists and Pedestrians

October 10, 2015

In 2014, the months of October and November saw the highest totals of Ohio traffic accident-related injuries and deaths, with totals of 9,706 and 9,142 respectively.  While snowy months typically see higher total crashes, those accidents frequently occur at lower speeds because drivers may be operating their vehicles with extra caution due to road conditions.  Thus, fewer physical injuries occur as the result of crashes.  Why, then, do so many injuries occur in October and November?

Driving in the Dark is More Difficult for Everyone

One possible cause of the increased Ohio car accident injuries in October and November is the change in lighting conditions. With the sunset coming earlier and Daylight Savings Time set to end in a few weeks, motorists will spend an increased amount of time driving during the nighttime. However, unlike snowy conditions which most (though not all) drivers recognize as a hazard, many drivers do not adjust their cautiousness to the change in lighting.

Nighttime driving, though, equates to more danger for everyone.  No exceptions.  Less visibility while driving necessarily means a greater risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.  Pedestrians in particular face an increased risk, with more than two thirds of U.S. pedestrian fatalities occur during the nighttime.  Given this statistic, it is no wonder that pedestrian fatalities tend to rise significantly during the fall months.

Poor lighting conditions cause or contribute to numerous Ohio fatalities and countless injuries every single year.  When motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians fail to make adjustments in how they navigate the road during the fall season, personal injury and tragedy can strike.

Cleveland Car Accident and Pedestrian Injury Lawyers Can Help Negligence Victims

Whether adjusting for lighting conditions, obeying traffic laws, or avoiding distractions while driving, Cleveland motorists have an obligation to take reasonable precautions to prevent accidents and injuries to others.  If you or a loved one suffered an injury as the result of a negligent driver, contact a Cleveland car accident lawyer at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA now for a free consultation.

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