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Daylight Savings, Fatigued Driving, and Car Accidents

The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery

undefinedWith 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.


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