Daylight Savings, Fatigued Driving, and Car Accidents
With the fall season comes the time that many people anticipate: turning back the clocks for daylight savings time. While many see this as an extra hour to sleep in, the reality is that time change can impact the body’s internal clock, no matter which way the clock turns.
Turning back the clock means that those leaving work will be leaving an hour later, either when it’s darker or even pitch black. How does this impact those on the road? Well, it means there will probably be more drowsy drivers behind the wheel.
Drowsy Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, there are about 100,000 police-reported car accidents related to drowsy driving. However, a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that there are actually about 328,000 crashes related to fatigued driving each year, a number more than three times higher than the police-reported amount.
Signs of Drowsy Driving
Many of those behind the wheel may not know that they are fatigued and driving. The National Sleep Foundation says that there are some key signs that you may be too tired to drive, including:
Trouble focusing on the road
Yawning or rubbing your eyes
Drifting from your lane
Daydreaming or wandering thoughts
Not remembering the past few miles driven
How to Prevent Falling Asleep at the Wheel
Drivers, make sure to let your body adjust once you turn back the clocks. In order to prevent a crash related to drowsy driving, it is also recommended that you:
Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night before driving
Get off the road if you notice any signs of drowsy driving
Take a 15-minute nap if needed
Consume caffeine for a quick boost
Drive with a passenger
Avoid driving at night, if possible
Even taking all of the above precautions cannot guarantee that other drivers will do the same. If you or a loved one is injured in a drowsy driving-related accident, make sure to reach out to The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery. We will gather evidence of your case and determine who is liable to compensate you for your injuries.
Contact our firm at (210) 774-6445 to schedule your free consultation with one of our San Antonio personal injury attorneys.