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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Henry County Personal Injury Attorney’s Guidelines on Driving in the Dark

Between Daylight Savings and the shorter days of Fall, more commuters are now driving home in the dark.  This is important for drivers in the greater Henry County area because the risks associated with traffic accidents increase after dusk. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautions motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to be more attentive on and near the roadways.  Risks may be compounded near the busy I-75 exits in the Stockbridge and McDonough, Georgia areas.   Not only is it harder see in the dark, but drivers are also more prone to drowsiness.  And according to the NHTSA, sleepy drivers are not as watchful, have a slower reaction time and a deficit in information processing, putting everyone at higher risk.

Here are some quick tips to help keep the roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists after dark:

  • Drivers should always remove their sunglasses and turn on headlights at dusk (be courteous when using your brights)

  • Drivers should also do preventative maintenance to their cars, including a check of the windshield wipers and fluid. Rain and foggy windshields compound visibility problems.

  • Pedestrians should wear light or reflective clothing and walk facing traffic.

  • Pedestrians should and always use crosswalks, sidewalks and paths where available.

  • According to Georgia law, cyclists should have a white light mounted on the front of the bike, and a red reflector on the rear of the bike.  Ideally, a red light will also be mounted on the back on the bike.  (Read this blog post about cyclist safety for more information)

For more information on this topic, or for a FREE consultation regarding your personal injury claim, email attorney Marc Avidano at mavidano@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-957-3937. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business

 

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