Daylight Savings Time -- stealing sleep and causing accidents

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"Spring forward" one hour this weekend

It's that time of the year again where we'll have to "Spring forward" our clocks 1-hour over the weekend and head into work on Monday an hour earlier than the week before.

I don't know a single person who likes Daylight Savings Time ("DST"). It is an antiquated concept borne by a desire for more sunlight to work the fields or study bugs (whichever origin you choose to believe) and is unnecessary in modern society.


Week of danger following DST - Spring

Turns out DST causes a significant increase in traffic accidents and fatalities as well.

In the first six days of daylight saving time there were 302 deaths and a cost of $2.75 billion over a 10-year period.
— “Spring Forward at your Own Risk: Daylight Savings Time and Fatal Vehicle Crashes” by Austin C. Smith at the University of Colorado Boulder

Granted, this stat is stretched across 10 years but it does show a significant increase in vehicle-related collisions and fatalities in the days directly following DST-Spring.

Other studies have shown the same results. This seems obvious once you think about the sheer number of drivers who are slightly more tired or sleepy on that Monday morning, given that it is near impossible to adjust our bodies to a loss of an hour of sleep in just a couple days. And the fact is that driving while sleepy or tired can be as dangerous as driving drunk.

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Be sure to Spring forward your clock over this weekend and be safe on the road!


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author: Jay S. Yu, Esq.

Jay is a licensed attorney that represents only personal injury victims in California. Contact him for a free consultation today.