Rate of Deadly Car Accidents Spikes After Daylight Savings
Posted on Mar 11, 2015
We all are familiar with the feeling of drowsiness on our morning commutes, and losing an hour of sleep can only make matters worse. According to
CBS, two separate studies by the University of British Columbia and the University of Colorado at Boulder have concluded that the number of fatal or serious car crashes climbs the first week after the clock springs forward.
An average of 800 people per week die in motor vehicle accidents, but the week following spring Daylight Savings will see approximately 900 deaths. The Monday after the shift alone sees an annual 17 percent increase in traffic fatalities. Losing just one hour of sleep, according to researchers, causes a significant disruption in sleep cycles.
Avoid an Accident By Getting Rest
The best way to avoid a sleep-related traffic accident is to sleep according to your needs. The average adult requires a minimum of eight hours of sleep. Those who sleep six to seven hours are twice as likely to get into an accident, while those sleeping five or less increase their chances four to five times. Teenagers are the most sleep deprived age group, so parents should talk to their teens about safe driving and making sure they get enough sleep.
It is important to get to bed early on days when you know you will be losing sleep, whether it is Daylight Savings or simply to walk your dog. Unfortunately, coffee and the radio are not fool-proof accident prevention methods; if find yourself falling asleep at the wheel, find a safe place to pull over and take a nap.
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, work-related or non-work-related, you still have legal rights. Seeking legal guidance from an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney, or if work-related, workers' compensation attorney is highly recommended as soon as possible. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., has over twenty years of experience representing those involved in motor vehicle accidents. He will assist you in the legal process of filing a claim and fight for you in court. Please call us today for a free consultation at (973) 285-1100 or fill out our online contact form.