Daylight savings time can increase the chance of a car accident

Many of our New York readers, as well as those in other parts of the country, were looking forward to daylight savings time, as it means more daylight into the evening hours. At the same time, these people also realize that the early morning hours will be darker.

Turning the clocks forward can lead to trouble with the internal body clock, while also wreaking havoc on the roadways.

According to a former New York City transportation commissioner, “the Monday after daylight saving time is one of the deadliest days on the road.”

This is something that many people don’t see coming, especially as they are looking forward to the extra hour of daylight after working hours. A study analyzed 10 years’ worth of data from the Fatal Accident Reporting System, which showed a 17 percent increase in accidents the Monday after clocks are pushed forward an hour.

Many researchers believe that this is based on the fact that more people don’t get a good night’s sleep and subsequently find themselves tired while they take to the road during the early morning hours.

There is no doubt that a car accident can occur at anytime, but it is important to note that certain events, such as daylight savings time, can increase the likelihood of this happening. This story should serve as a reminder that people need to pay special attention to those around them immediately following the clocks turning forward an hour.

If you are injured in a car accident, regardless of the time of the year, you may have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages. An experienced New York personal injury attorney can help ensure your rights are protected as you pursue such compensation.

Source: CBS New York, “Daylight Saving Time Means More Traffic Accidents” No author given, Mar. 09, 2014