AAA reports that the risk for traffic accidents, car, truck, and motorcycle, increases for six full days after clocks spring forward. Much of this has to do with drivers getting less sleep as bodies adjust to the new hours, but daylight saving time has documented physical and mental health impacts, all of which contribute to this uptick in crashes.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, Gadsden auto accident lawyer James Shelnutt and our team of attorneys are here to help. Call us at 256-547-4988 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
The 2016 Traffic Safety Culture Index produced by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found 95.9% of motorists believe driving while drowsy is unacceptable behavior. All the same, many of these people misjudge their own tiredness and get behind the wheel when not fully rested. Indeed, studies have shown that sleep deprivation – even just the loss of 30 to 60 minutes – can impact driving in the same manner as alcohol. Daylight saving time pushes most drivers in Alabama into this category, placing everyone on the road at increased risk for injury for the first week following the time change. Our Gadsden car accident lawyers encourage you to get extra sleep and practice caution during this time to help protect yourself and others from injury or death.
Remember, even responsible drivers cannot always avoid injury when those around them are distracted, drowsy, intoxicated, or otherwise careless. When you are injured or a loved one is killed by one of these drivers, our attorneys are here to help. Please contact the Shelnutt Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation and learn more. Located in Gadsden, our personal injury lawyers serve all surrounding areas of Alabama.