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How does the time change affect motorist safety?

Florida readers know that the end of daylight saving time is coming up soon, but few people fail to figure how the twice yearly changes in time affect people. Studies suggest that when the time changes, it can negatively affect a driver's abilities and reactions times. 

Many countries have been following daylight saving time for decades or longer. The premise is that by giving people more daylight in the summer, it can actually save energy and let people work longer. You may know that many of the reasons for changing the clocks twice per year are no longer applicable, and it is possible that it is actually doing more harm than good at this point.

The benefits and consequences of daylight savings time

Several studies discovered that people often have a hard time in adjusting to these changes in time. In the spring, these effects are particularly significant as people are operating on an hour less of sleep. You know that it can take quite a long time for the body to adjust to the new time, leading to more tired drivers on the road. Other facts about the time change and driver safety include the following:

  • The time change in the fall means that more people will be driving home from work and after-school functions in the dark. This can lead to more accidents.
  • There are more fatal accidents after the spring time change as drivers are more tired and unused to changes in light.
  • After the fall time change, there is often an increase in criminal activity and drowsy driving at night.

While the original intent of DST is to save energy, it is unclear if it is actually accomplishing that goal. After the upcoming time charge, Tampa drivers would be wise to increase their vigilance and caution while driving more hours in the dark.

What if I'm hurt?

It is possible that there could be an increased number of accidents in the area after the time changes in a few weeks. As drivers adjust to earlier darkness, you may find that you are a victim of drowsy driving, distracted driving or some other type of reckless behavior.

No matter what caused your accident, you do not have to face the aftermath alone. You have the right to seek a positive outcome to your situation, which may include pursuing compensation through a personal injury claim. You can learn more about this option by reaching out for help as soon as possible after an accident.

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