Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Daylight Savings TimeMarch 6, 2017
Daylight Savings Time begins on the last Sunday in March and is in effect through the last Sunday in October. Although many people enjoy the increase in daylight hours that accompanies the time change, recent research suggests that even small disruptions in sleep or loss of sleep can have a dramatic impact on health and mental clarity. Unfortunately this can too often result in car accidents in Maryland and throughout the country.
Research by John Hopkins and Stanford on Daylight Savings Time
Researchers from John Hopkins and Stanford sought to discover the impact Daylight Savings Time has on traffic safety. They began by studying 21 years of data from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). After careful analysis, researchers found that there was an increase in fatal car accidents on the Monday after the time change in springtime throughout the years.
The data showed that on a typical Monday nationally, there are 78.2 deadly wrecks. That number jumped to an average of 83.5 fatal car accidents on that first day of lost sleep – or “spring forward’ Monday.
Other studies corroborated findings that driving was less safe during Daylight Savings Time. For example, in 1996 Canadian researchers found an eight percent average increase in traffic accidents (not deaths) during the spring change.
It is believed that drivers don’t function as well due to both the physiological adjustments of Daylight Savings Time and the response to circadian changes – or changes to the biological pattern of sleep. Even subtle changes, it seems, can lead to less clarity while driving, therefore leading to more car accidents.
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