For Louisianans and people across the U.S., the spring time change when the clocks are moved an hour forward to gain an hour of daylight might seem to be a minor issue. Many see it as a small adjustment with the inconvenience of a lost hour of sleep, but it takes a short time to grow accustomed to it.
However, there are legitimate dangers associated with the time change. One that is frequently discussed is the possibility of drowsy driving and a car crash because of it.
According to AAA, that lost hour can be dangerous. Those injured in a car accident after the time change should consider this as part of a potential legal filing for compensation. The Foundation for Traffic Safety says that if a driver misses one or two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in 24 hours, they are in twice the jeopardy of being in an accident. The lack of sleep is a detriment to effective functionality when driving. If a person has slept for fewer than five hours, their risk of being in a car accident is comparable to that of a drunk driver.
Ninety-five percent of those surveyed told AAA that drowsy driving is unacceptable and can cause accidents and deaths. However, around 3 out of 10 said they drove when they were having a problem staying awake, and their eyes were closing behind the wheel, at least once in the previous month.
People might think they can stay awake by turning the radio volume up, opening the windows or drinking coffee, but this is not effective.
Any car crash, including those related to drowsy driving, can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Along with that will come medical expenses, lost wages, the inability to take part in family activities and many more challenges. A crash reconstruction and full investigation is needed to consider a legal filing for compensation. Calling a law firm that has helped many people after car accidents is vital to pursuing a claim.