Blame Time Change for Pedestrian Accident in British Columbia

It’s difficult to know for sure but statistics are ramping up against the value of daylight savings time. “Spring forward, fall back” is a catchy mnemonic that is now being questioned all across Canada. Except for Saskatchewan, all provinces adhere to this wartime tradition. On the Mondays following the seasonal time change, British Columbians are more likely to be the victims of a pedestrian accident than usual.

Experts continue to debate why this should be so. Some say that the loss of one hour’s sleep significantly decreases alertness in drivers — and possibly the vigilance of pedestrians. Others downplay the hour’s loss, claiming that only someone who is already sleep-deprived lacks the reserves to handle the time change. It may seem like a case of “six of one, half-dozen of the other,” but the victims of a pedestrian accident might well consider the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in determining cause.

In what could be viewed as a classic, post-time change Monday morning, a grandmother was accompanying a 5-year-old and a toddler to school. Just east of an intersection, all three were struck down. Transported to hospital by air ambulance, the grandmother and youngster suffered serious injuries. Mercifully, the toddler’s injuries were listed as minor. They do say there is a separate god for children.

For the rest of us, there might be recourse after suffering harm when and if legal fault is ascertained. Helping to collate eyewitness and first responder accounts, an experienced British Columbia personal injury lawyer can assist the family and the victims of this pedestrian accident through the aftermath. Not every Monday morning may be the same as the last one, but confidence in legal counsel may always be well-placed.

Source:, “Boy and grandmother struck“, Rob Gibson, March 12, 2018

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