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The risks of driving after the end of daylight saving time

Drowsiness can become a major issue for drivers in Florida in the days following the end of daylight saving time. The reason is that the change disrupts the body’s sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm, requiring the body to readjust over the course of several days. To make matters worse, some people stay up late before the end of DST, thinking that the extra hour of sleep will make up for it.

Some 328,000 car crashes occur annually in the U.S. because of drowsy driving. Around 109,000 of these crashes involve an injury, and 6,400 involve a fatality. According to the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia, drowsy driving crashes are more prevalent during the late afternoon commutes in the two weeks following the end of DST than in the two weeks preceding it.

Drowsy driving after the switch to standard time is closely connected with night driving. After all, the sun sets sooner after DST ends, which means drivers will often be coming home in the dark. Poor visibility can increase the chances of a collision with other drivers or with bicyclists and pedestrians. AAA, for this reason, encourages drivers to slow down, turn on their lights in the early morning and late afternoon and never use high beams around pedestrians and other cars.

Those who are injured at the hands of a drowsy driver may be able to pursue a car accident case. Florida being a no-fault state, only those who suffer a serious injury or disability in an accident can file a third-party insurance claim. Otherwise, they can only file with their own insurance provider. For this and other reasons, victims may want to consult with a lawyer. If the case is valid, the lawyer might handle every step, especially the negotiating of a settlement.

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