On Sunday Nov. 2, people across the nation will be facing a higher risk of drowsy driving than normal after setting clocks back an hour for Daylight Savings Time. Although a little driving in the dark may not seem like it makes a huge difference, statistics show that it does.

The Houston car accident lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers know that driver fatigue and drowsiness cause an estimated 100,000 accidents across the nation every year. Less light makes it easier to doze off while driving, particularly after a long day at the office.

The time change doesn’t affect only drivers. Pedestrians are at higher risk, as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 50% of fatal pedestrian accidents for children ages 5 to 18 happen in dark or low light conditions.

Our Houston car accident lawyers offer these tips for drivers to get ready for the time change:

  • Make sure all of your vehicle’s lights are working properly.
  • Check headlights for any needed adjustments where they’re aiming.
  • Avoid glare from oncoming headlights by using your rearview mirror’s night setting.
  • Use your high beams only when no other vehicles are approaching.
  • Be alert and drive cautiously, particularly watching out for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Always take your sunglasses off at dusk.
  • When driving, avoid highway hypnosis by moving your eyes from side to side rather than focusing only on the road ahead or center line.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, the Houston car accident lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris can help. Call (713) 364-0723 to schedule a consultation.