During springtime, we’re exposed to more daylight hours and warmer temperatures that encourage us to get outside. While a walk or bike ride around the neighborhood may sound nice, pedestrians and riders need to be on the lookout for car and truck drivers, who may not always be watching out for you.
Many people love to “spring forward” and gain an extra hour of evening light but could this time shift be deadly? According to research from the University of Colorado Boulder, traffic accidents increase by 6 percent in the week after clocks go forward.
A traffic study released by AAA in August 2019 found that fatalities related to drivers running red lights hit their peak in 2017. There were 939 deaths involving drivers illegally going through intersections that year, an increase for the third straight year and up 31 percent from 2009.
Contrary to its name, black ice is actually transparent. It blends into the pavement, so unsuspecting drivers and pedestrians may easily lose control when passing over it. The slippery surface is a common cause of car accidents throughout the winter season.