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Daylight savings change this weekend can cause crashes


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 05, 2015 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Twice a year daylight savings shifts disrupt the schedules of people throughout the nation. With the loss of an hour overnight, between Saturday and Sunday, adults may reach for an extra cup of coffee the next couple of mornings and children may fight it when the clock indicates it’s their bedtime. While these things may be annoying, the time change could actually prove to be dangerous. Particularly for drivers or and those who share the road with them.

A study publishes in the Sleep Journal supports this contention. The study looked at 21 years of data concerning fatal motor vehicle accidents. It specifically looked at Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and compared those days surround the daylight savings time change to those same days in the weeks before and after shift. The study found that on the Monday following the spring time change—when many people begin the week with a commute to work—the number of accidents that occurred increased significantly.

Readers may not be surprised by these findings. Drowsy driving is one of many potential causes in motor vehicle crashes throughout the nation. Though a driver may not be aware of how dangerous the activity can be, when someone causes an injury producing crash because of it, a lawsuit could be filed by the injured individuals.

People taking to the roads on Monday as drivers should pay extra attention to their surroundings and do what they can to keep themselves alert. Likewise, passengers should be aware that if they are hurt in a crash on that day, drowsy driving may be to blame and they could have legal recourse. A lawyer can help determine if there is a case.