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Personal injury and death rise in daylight saving time car wrecks

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2020 | Car Accidents

Auto accidents can happen in Kentucky for many reasons. While commonly reported causes are distracted driving, driving under the influence, negligence and recklessness, there are other catalysts for a crash. Since it is the time of year when the clocks are moved forward for spring, daylight saving time presents certain dangers that most drivers might not consider.

Recent research from the University of Colorado Boulder indicates that fatal auto accidents increase by about 6% in the week after moving the clocks forward. In the study, the researchers examined nearly 733,000 auto accidents using fatality statistics from 1996 to 2017. There was a notable correlation between DST and increased fatalities in 2007 when a change to the law mandated that DST begin in March instead of April.

Statistically, there are around 28 more fatalities annually coinciding with DST. People are impacted in various ways by the change. The aftereffects can last from several days to as much as two weeks. People can be drowsy behind the wheel due to the time change, and drowsy driving can have the same effect on drivers as drunk driving. A fatigued person’s decision-making ability, reaction time and attention span are hindered.

People are advised to prepare for DST by altering their sleep patterns in the days before the change so that they are getting sufficient rest. Still, the dangers are clear. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one in an auto accident after DST or at any other time may want a full investigation to determine the cause. This might be imperative to recovering compensation for medical costs, lost income, long-term damage and fatalities. A law firm experienced in personal injury claims may be able to help.

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