It’s that time of year again when Daylights Savings ends, and we “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep. While gaining an hour of sleep may seem enjoyable, research has shown that it can have adverse health consequences, including sleep disruption, mood disturbances, and even an increased risk of fatal accidents. This biannual event takes a toll on our bodies, leaving us tired, disturbing our sleep, and even increasing the chance of workplace injuries, strokes, and heart attacks.
Researchers analyzed 732,835 car accidents recorded through the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System from 1996 to 2017. During this period, they uncovered a constant rise in fatal accidents the first week after the time change. This is likely due to the fact that drivers are not used to the new time and have to adjust to driving while it’s dark.
Stay Safe On the Road
If you are traveling during this time, be sure to use caution and drive defensively. Remember that it will take time for everyone to adjust to the change, so be patient and safe. The time change can also cause people to be late for work or appointments. If you are running late, you may be rushed and make mistakes you wouldn’t have otherwise made. This can lead to accidents or missed opportunities. Try to give yourself extra time to adjust to the change, and you’ll find that your days go more smoothly.
Overall, the time change can be a difficult adjustment for many people. With a little bit of planning, you can make the transition smoother and safer for everyone.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer at Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to understand your legal rights and options for compensation if injured or a family member is killed due to this type of accident. Contact Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci for more information about Virginia sideswipe accident laws and how to seek damages.
The Virginia Trial Firm has a history of success in sideswipe collision cases, and we have obtained substantial verdicts for our clients. We will fight to obtain damages that cover medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, physical therapy bills, and much more. There’s nothing wrong with waiting to make a decision, but know that time is of the essence when it comes to these sorts of collisions.