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Daylight Savings Time: Do Car Accidents Increase?


It’s almost time to turn back our clocks one hour as we prepare for daylight savings time. During the fall, we “fallback,” meaning we turn back our clocks one hour.

 

Many people become excited during this time because it means we get to actually wake up an hour later than we normally do. However, this time change can also pose more risks as it disrupts our sleep schedules. During the “fallback period,” individuals who leave work in the evening at a certain time are now leaving an hour later when it is darker or pitch black out.

 

It’s a well-known fact that driving while it’s dark poses more risk and dangers than driving when it is light out. This is because of:

 
  • Reduced visibility

  • Distracted drivers on the road

  • Construction

  • Drowsy or fatigued drivers on the road

Ways to Avoid Fatigued Driving

When it gets darker, our brains release a chemical called melatonin into our bodies, the chemical that causes the sleep-wake cycle and the reason why we get tired when it is dark out. Unfortunately, after daylight savings time, our bodies are still adjusting to the time difference and the hours of the day and night. This can increase the number of drowsy drivers on the road.

 

The National Safety Council reported that there were 5,000 people killed in accidents involving drowsy drivers in 2015. The council also reports that an individual is three times as likely to get into a car accident if they are tired.

 

There are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of drowsy driving, including:

 
  • Getting a full night of sleep

  • Avoid driving late at night or alone

  • Pull over for a quick rest

  • Use caffeine for a boost

 

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, turn to Foley Griffin for help pursuing your personal injury case. Contact our firm at (888) 966-8480 to set up your free consultation.

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