Studies conducted by the National Health Institute and other agencies show that accidents, particularly fatal accidents, increase during the time shifts for Daylight Savings Time (DST). On Sunday, November 6th, Idahoans will turn their clocks back one hour giving us all an extra hour of sleep. That is a good thing right? However, data from decades of automobile crashes show that the number of accidents increase on the Sunday of the fall shift from DST. Researchers believe the anticipation of the extra daylight hour on this autumn Sunday leads to increased accidents since drivers become drowsy while staying out later than usual in the evening.
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is November 6 – 13, 2016 which is an annual campaign sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation. Its goal is to educate the public regarding the risks of driving while sleep deprived. Surveys reveal that half of American adult drivers admit to driving while drowsy and 1 in 5 admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. Drowsiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Drowsiness doubles a motorist’s crash risk. Get a good night’s sleep, schedule regular stops, and pull over to take a short nap if you feel fatigued, not only for long trips, but also for shorter trips of an hour.
The end of DST also creates a more dangerous evening commute during the work week with darkness arriving sooner since the early dusk hours make it more difficult for motorists to see other vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists in the roadway. Give yourself extra time to commute in the evening and slow down as dusk occurs to allow your eyesight to adjust to the changes.
Take extra measures to keep yourself and others safe on the roads during the time shift. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another’s carelessness, the skilled, caring and professional personal injury lawyers at Racine Olson are available for a consultation at: 208-232-6101.
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