Fatal car crashes in Georgia increase by about 6% in the first week after switching to daylight savings time (DST). This translates to about 28 deaths during that time period. Researchers have found that this increase occurred prior to 2007 when the clocks were changed in April as opposed to March.
The time change causes jet lag
The increase in accidents is partially caused by symptoms similar to jet lag as your body adjusts to the time change. Those who live in the western portions of a time zone could be even more susceptible to getting into an accident. In places such as Amarillo, Texas, residents get 19 minutes less sleep than others in their region of the country.
Fatigued driving can be dangerous
A lack of sleep means that you are drowsy or fatigued while behind the wheel, and tired driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. It is also important to note that those who are driving in the morning may be doing so when it is still dark outside.
Other health issues can also occur
Researchers have noted that the time change has also be linked to an increase in other health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. You are encouraged to take steps to maximize the quality and quantity of sleep that they get in a night. For instance, you could turn off your phone or laptop before going to bed or choose to have a glass of water instead of a glass of beer before drifting off for the evening.
Anyone who is involved in motor vehicle accidents may benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney. An attorney may help you obtain compensation for your injuries in a timely manner.