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Daylight Savings Time and Auto Accidents

Though auto accidents happen every day of the year, changes in weather, traffic, and the general environment tend to increase the frequency of accidents that happen at a certain time on a certain day.  For instance, in cities that do not usually experience snow, even the slightest amount of flurries can throw drivers into a panic and change the way they approach their drive.  When drivers are nervous behind the wheel, they tend to overcorrect or make other mistakes that cause an increase in accidents.  If you have been involved in an accident that you believe was not your fault, you should contact an experienced auto accident attorney in Coweta County as soon as possible.

 

One change in environment that tends to cause a spike in auto accidents is daylight savings time.  Statistics show that accidents tend to increase the Monday after daylight savings time adjustments in the United States.

 

Spring Daylight Savings: Every year, usually in mid-March, clocks in most of America “spring forward,” causing everyone to lose an hour of sleep.  Though one hour may seem minimal, studies show that hour actually has an effect on many people and causes them to be groggy come their commute to work on the following Monday morning.  Experts suspect this may be the reason behind a spike in accidents on this Monday each year.

Fall Daylight Savings: Though many Americans actually gain an extra hour of sleep each November, they suddenly find themselves commuting in the dark due to the earlier sunset.  Though drivers should be used to driving after dark, many of them have not had to deal with rush hour conditions in the dark for months.  This sudden change has increased motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents across the United States on this day.

 

Americans should be prepared and drive extra carefully on the two Mondays following daylight savings time.  If you have been in an accident at any time, you should contact a car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation.  


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia