Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday at 2:00 am, at which time time adjusts one hour ahead to 3:00 a.m. Most of the United States, including California, participates in Daylight Saving Time, though there has been discussion about abandoning the practice. In fact, California voters passed 2018’s Proposition 7, which gives the California State Legislature the authority to change or end Daylight Saving Time if permitted by federal law. The vote itself did not end the practice of Daylight Saving Time and the California legislature has not yet voted in favor to change it, so we are again primed to “spring forward” this weekend.
Be warned, entering Daylight Saving Time is associated with an increase in the number of car accidents. Scientists estimate that the average person loses about 40 minutes of sleep because of the spring forward. Drowsy driving is one of the most dangerous driving habits, causing an estimated 328,000 crashes per year (according to AAA). When millions of sleep-deprived drivers commute on Monday, the risk of a car crash for every driver is higher than normal. If you are one of those drivers on Monday, try to get some extra sleep to make up for the lost hour and stay vigilant on the roads. And then, if you are commuting to work, be extra cautious if you typically perform potentially dangerous tasks!
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps the victims of car crashes pursue medical treatment and financial compensation for their injuries. Our car accident attorneys help their clients rest assured that they are not being taken advantage of by the insurance companies so they can focus on their recovery. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation, call our law firm today at 888-517-9888.