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Daylight saving time can lead to drowsy driving

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

A recent study from AAA suggests that losing an hour of sleep after Daylight Saving Time leads to an increase in drowsy driving accidents. Drowsy driving contributes to 10 percent of all car wrecks, according to a AAA traffic safety study, so preventing it is essential. Following Daylight Saving Time, Virginia drivers also face a range of new issues, such as darker mornings and the presence of glare. Therefore, they should know how to prevent accidents during this adjustment period.

First of all, drivers should get to bed earlier the night before they set their clocks forward. On the road, they should exercise more caution by always using the turn signal and doing more checks when changing lanes. To reduce glare, drivers are encouraged to use their sun visors and consider glasses with polarized lenses.

The longer days mean that more people will remain outside until sundown. Drivers on their way home should therefore be more alert to the actions of motorists and pedestrians. Pedestrians, for their part, should wear reflective clothing and also be aware of their surroundings.

When negligence on the part of one motorist or another leads to an auto accident, the victim who was not at fault could consider filing a claim. A successful accident claim could cover the victim’s medical bills, vehicle repair costs and other losses. However, it might take a lawyer to achieve such a settlement.

A lawyer can bring in their own team of investigators to gather police reports, physical evidence at the crash scene and other proof showing how the defendant was guilty. The attorney could also estimate a fair settlement and proceed to negotiations with the insurance company. If a settlement can’t be reached out of court, the lawyer could potentially litigate.