Combatting tired driving after the time change

The end of daylight savings time comes in the fall, and Alabama readers know this means they must turn their clocks back an hour. People often view this as getting an extra hour of sleep, but that is not always the case. Even with the additional hour in the early morning hours, the time change can lead to disruptions in sleep schedules and other routines. 

When there is a change in a person's sleep schedule, it can lead to fatigue and sleepiness. Additionally, this time change could mean more people are commuting in hours where there is less daylight, which can lead to disorientation and the feeling of drowsiness. Even during the "fall back" time change, there is an increase of fatigue-related car accidents at this time every year.

Is the time change dangerous for drivers?

One of the main reasons why there is an increase in car accidents at this time of year is because more people will be driving home from work at dusk or after it is completely dark. This may not seem dangerous, but it can actually lead to issues with a driver's vision, namely depth perception and color recognition.

A person is always responsible for knowing when he or she is too tired to be safe and remain vigilant when driving in lower levels of light. Some of the ways Alabama drivers can make the roads safer during this time of year include the following:

  • Strive to get at least seven hours of sleep each night
  • Avoid driving after not sleeping for a prolonged period of time
  • Stop driving and get rest at regular intervals

When a person does not get enough sleep, the fatigue can have the same impact on his or her reactions and driving as alcohol can. During the time change, people may experience elevated levels of tiredness and fatigue and a higher chance for accidents.

Are you a victim of a fatigued driving accident?

If you are a victim of an accident caused by a fatigued driver, you have rights. You are entitled to seek compensation through a civil claim for financial losses, as well as other types of damages. Victims often find it helpful to start with an assessment of their case in order to understand if they have grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim. If you are unsure of where to start, speaking with a legal professional about your options is a prudent first step.

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