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Is daylight savings time a risk to your health while on the road?

Daylight savings means losing an hour of sleep, and you know that this can make you feel drowsy and disoriented for a few days. You probably noticed that you have to drive to work in the dark, which can make you feel even sleepier after a time change. This can be an inconvenience for a few days, but you will eventually adjust and feel better.

For some, this period of adjustment comes with certain risks. There is evidence that suggests that daylight savings can actually lead to a higher chance of car accidents for a few weeks after the change, particularly the week following. It is possible that the time adjustment in the spring is actually placing you and every other person on the road in Mississippi at a higher risk of a car accident.

Why is a time change so dangerous?

If you have ever flown across time zones, you know how bad jet lag can make you feel. For some, the time change can make them experience a similar feeling. This comes with drowsiness, mental fog and difficulty sleeping at the right time. All of these add up to drivers who probably should not be driving, especially when it is still dark outside in the mornings. Consider the following about the dangers of a sleepy person behind the wheel:

  • A sleepy individual will be less likely to make smart decisions quickly, something that drivers have to do when they see a hazard.
  • A drowsy driver can display some of the same behaviors that drunk or distracted drivers display, such as swerving.
  • It can take some people weeks to adjust to a new sleep schedule and commute in the dark.

Research indicates that fatal accidents increase around 6% in the week following daylight savings time, but the risk continues after that point. You would be wise to remain vigilant and cautious as you share the road with potentially dangerous drivers.

Are you a victim?

If you were in an accident caused by a driver who was swerving, driving at erratic speeds or behaving negligently, you could be a victim of drowsy driving. You can do something about this through a personal injury claim. This option allows you to seek compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, damage to your personal proper and more. It is in your interests to learn more about this option as soon as possible after an accident.

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