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.
According to a 2020 study by the National Institute of Health found that around 550,000 Americans experienced physical health problems caused by these time changes.
While drowsy driving may increase with the spring time change, concerns for driver safety also arises with the fall time shift. In the fall and winter, many individuals find it difficult to get used to the sun setting considerably earlier in the day. As a result, even though the sun is setting or it is already dark outside, people may still be outside in the late afternoon and early evening, increasing the risk of pedestrian accidents due to poor light conditions. And that’s on top of all the other dangers that come with driving at night. Drivers may find it challenging to see due to glare at times of day when they are not accustomed to it due to variations in dawn and sunset.
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 Jason E Taylor Law Firm
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 the Litigator for more information about North Carolina accident laws and how to seek damages.
We have a history of success in 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.