This past Sunday was daylight saving time, which meant some people were late to church on Sunday morning. However, it also meant an increase in car accidents.
“It turns out Monday after daylight saving time is one of the deadliest days on the road,” said Sam Schwartz, a former New York City transportation commissioner.
According to a study that analyzed 10 years of data, there was a 17% increase in traffic fatalities on the Monday after clocks spring forward.
“Researchers believe it has to do with the fact that many people just don’t get a good night’s sleep the first night of daylight saving time, and it takes about a week to get acclimated,” Schwartz said.
According to Schwartz, truck drivers were usually involved in the accidents.
“Their reaction times aren’t going to be as good as they normally are,” said Schwartz.
This is a good opportunity to talk about driving while tired in general. It really can be dangerous. You should always take the necessary actions to remain fully alert while driving, or avoid driving while tired, period.
I’m sure we’ve all been there before – driving home late at night from out of town and you’re obviously tired, but you try to push through it anyway. You may even catch yourself dozing off here and there, just a little bit. This isn’t safe folks and I urge you to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
This is even more reason that drivers on the road need to stay aware at all times. You may be completely awake and above the influence, but you have no idea which drivers on the road are a danger to you, including truck drivers.
I’ve handled car accident cases in Memphis for decades and I’ve seen the looks of sadness and frustration on victims’ faces who’ve been injured in a car wreck. Their suffering creates fuel to seek justice and make sure they’re properly compensated for medical bills, car damage, lost wages, pain, suffering and more.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, seek medical help first and foremost. After that, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you should seek the help of an experienced attorney.
If this is you, please contact us today, either online or by calling us at (901) 327-1212, and one of our experienced Memphis personal injury attorneys will be ready to speak with you about your situation, free of charge.