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Will the time change lead to more sleepy drivers on the road?

When a person does not get enough sleep, it can make it difficult for him or her to perform daily tasks such as driving. Tired drivers are often dangerous drivers, even when they do not realize they are too fatigued to drive safely. When anything compromises a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle, that person will more than likely be found responsible for damages from any accident that occurs.

Florida readers are aware that with the fall time change, people set their clocks back an hour. This signals an end to daylight savings time, but it can actually make people sleepier than normal. Despite the fact that this time change allows people to "gain" an hour, it causes a disruption in sleep schedules and can lead to exhaustion. More tired drivers on the road may mean more car accidents. 

Your safety on Florida roads

There is evidence to suggest that there is an increase in the number of fatigue-related crashes this time of year. Some of this may be because of the time change -- commuters could be driving to work or driving home at the end of the day with less light or even in complete darkness. This can make drivers feel drowsy and disoriented. Consider the following about the time change and its impact on road safety:

  • The time change and driving in lower levels of daylight can affect a driver's depth perception, peripheral vision and ability to recognize colors.
  • A high number of drivers admit they have driven while they are tired -- many do not recognize the dangers of fatigued driving.
  • Losing even just two hours of sleep total can have the same effect on a driver as drinking three beers, as well as significantly increase the chance of a crash. 

Tired drivers are responsible for the consequences of accidents caused by their negligence or reckless behavior. Victims of accidents caused by fatigue have the right to seek appropriate compensation through a civil claim.

Did a tired driver cause your accident?

If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a driver who was fatigued and driving dangerously, you have the right to pursue recompense for your pain and suffering. The personal injury claims process can be complex, but you can start with a complete evaluation of your case and explanation of the options you have. When you work with a knowledgeable legal professional, you may have a better chance of success with your claim and lower your risk of setbacks and complications.

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