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Does clothing color impact a pedestrian's risk of getting struck?

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that evenings between 6 p.m. and midnight are the most dangerous hours for individuals to take a walk. It's during these times that nearly 50% of pedestrians are struck by cars. There are some common reasons why incidents like these occur. There are also some things that you can do to ensure that you're not the next victim of such a crash.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHA) have discovered that not only can motorists not see pedestrians dressed in dark clothes at night, but also that headlights don't help them all that much either. Researchers have also determined that while motorists can see a pedestrian wearing dark clothes as far as 55 feet away, that only gives drivers approximately a second to react to what they've seen if they're traveling as fast at 60 miles per hour (MPH).

One of the best things that pedestrians can do to increase their chances of being seen by motorists is to wear clothing that contains reflective material. Light or white-colored clothing just isn't good enough. The researchers note that motorists take as long as 200 feet to see and respond to a pedestrian wearing white. They also found that it takes drivers up to 260 feet to come to a complete stop.

Pedestrians who wear reflective clothing make it possible for drivers to see them with an even greater distance than those who wear something white. This happens because reflective material absorbs light and reflects a stronger illumination that is more visible to the driver.

Countless individuals are struck while walking in their neighborhoods for exercise, on their way to school and to get to work and other places each year. A bicyclist & pedestrian injuries attorney can advise you of your right to file suit here in Georgia if you've been hurt while walking around Athens.

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