Many people welcome the ‘fall back’ portion of Daylight Saving because of the potential extra hour or sleep. The “spring forward” part is less celebrated, and the potential lack of sleep has been associated with an increased number of car accidents on the Monday following. Scientific researchers estimate that people springing forward lose about 40 minutes of sleep.
Drowsy driving is incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, in 2013, 72,000 crashes were reportedly the result of drowsy drivers, resulting in 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths. These numbers are believed to be underestimated. If there was one day in the year when more drivers are drowsy than any other, it could possibly be today. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe Daylight Saving, leaving about 315 million people 40 minutes sleep deprived. It may not be coincidence that today is also National Napping Day.
There have been several discussions about ending Daylight Saving Time, but none have gained traction. Until the time when it is abandoned, try to get some sleep and use extra caution while on the roads today. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you need to contact experienced car accident lawyers. Call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free legal consultation.