This Sunday, most of America, including California, will adjust their clock ahead by one hour in the annual ritual known as ‘springing forward’ for Daylight Saving. There may be some confusion this year. Yes, California did pass Proposition 7 in 2018. Prop 7 allows the California State Legislature to permanently enact Daylight Saving Time (DST), but only if federal law is changed to allow for it. Federal law has not yet been changed, and until it does, we will still be springing forward every year.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is a law firm that handles personal injury legal cases. Why are we talking about Daylight Saving? As it turns out, millions of sleep-deprived people driving to work simultaneously on Monday morning can lead to crashes. Research has indicated that the switch to DST leads to a noticeable increase of fatal auto accidents, about seven percent, on the following Monday. Research has also suggested that work injuries are more prevalent in the days following the start of DST.
If you have to drive next week, be extra vigilant on the roadways. Be as well-rested as you can and pay extra attention to other drivers out on the roads. If you have the ability to get some extra rest and avoid peak traffic times, we would recommend doing so. On average, the switch to DST leaves people with 40 minutes of sleep deprivation. Anything you can do to lower that number is a good thing. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping the victims of car accidents recover from their injuries for 35 years. For a free consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888. We can help you seek medical treatment, fix your car, recover lost wages, and received financial compensation for your pain and suffering.