It’s a well-known phenomenon that people get into accidents every time the clock switches, both back and forward. The bi-annual time shift tradition is one of the few things most people agree on – as being unnecessary. The disruption to your schedule can frequently lead to a loss of control and attention on the road.
Why does daylight savings cause problems?
Daylight savings time (DST) – specifically the time after “the leap forward” – leaves people out of sorts and short on sleep. While you will now more often see the sun on the way home from work, it does come with a significant drawback. The mornings are darker. The day starts much earlier than it should. Additionally, the shift has several noted physical effects on your body, including:
- A loss of natural wake up clues
- An increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems
- Greater levels of drowsiness and distraction
Indeed, the loss of sleep from the DST shift can be one of the most pervasive problems you have this week.
While there is some indication that this tradition will soon disappear, that is no good to those who may have had an accident caused by drowsy drivers suffering from the leap forward.
Who is at fault in a drowsy driving accident?
Many authorities make a clear argument that drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. With that knowledge, a person knowingly choosing to get behind the wheel when they cannot stay awake leaves them significantly liable for any accidents