Daylight saving time (DST) forces people to move their clocks forward by one hour, giving more sunlight hours during the waking day. Because driving at night can be hazardous, some evening commuters appreciate the extra daylight. However, with an earlier start in the darkness, some commuters have realized DST presents serious hazards.
Daylight saving time’s mini-jetlag
The University of Colorado, Boulder, studied the dangers associated with daylight saving time and driving. The results revealed a 6% increase in fatal accidents might occur during the week following the time change. In addition, sleep deprivation plays a role in the rise of deadly crashes.
The jetlag-like symptoms drivers may experience after daylight saving time goes into effect could hamper their ability to operate a vehicle safely. Sometimes, every second counts when trying to avoid an accident. Drowsy drivers might suffer from concentration lapses and diminished reaction times, undermining their ability to react.
Drowsy driving dangers
Drowsy driving shares similarities with drunk driving. While many commuters would not consider getting behind the wheel while under the influence, they may attempt to drive while fighting fatigue. These drivers could become responsible for fatal motor vehicle accidents because of their decisions.
A drowsy driver could become prone to committing moving violations, such as going through a red light. Concentration problems may lead to distractions, and the driver may not see a pedestrian when turning. Regardless, any driver who commits a moving violation could face a civil lawsuit for any harm they cause.
Persons hurt by a drowsy or otherwise negligent driver could suffer financial losses and experience significant pain and suffering. A lawsuit may help the victim recover their losses.