On March 8th, daylight savings time begins for 2015. As a result, people across the country will set their clocks forward by one hour, losing an hour of sleep for the night. We will then experience an extra hour of sunlight each evening. Unfortunately, studies have shown that there is a corresponding increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following daylight savings time. The abrupt loss of sleep results in more drowsy drivers behind the wheel than other days of the year.
How Sleep Deprivation Can Result in a Crash
With more sleep-deprived drivers sharing the roadway this March, your odds are higher of being involved in a crash. This is because drivers who are sleep deprived tend to exhibit the following behavior:
- Stress, irritability, and aggressiveness
- Faster driving
- Reduced reaction time
- Impaired judgment
- Decreased ability to see
- Less able to process and remember information
- Less motivated to practice vigilance while driving
If you are involved in an accident after the change to daylight savings time, the other driver may have been sleep deprived, causing your injuries. You may have a claim for compensation as a result. It is important to understand the proper actions to take after a crash in order to position yourself with the best possible chance of winning your claim. We encourage you to get started by checking out our free guide, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim! 10 Rules of the Road to Win Your Accident Case in Missouri and Kansas.