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Have you ever felt tired behind the wheel? If so, you’re not alone. Sometimes you can’t predict what makes you feel sleepy, but in other cases, it might have been a long day, poor sleep, new medication, or something else. Knowing when that situation has escalated to the point where you need to stop and rest is important, since it can help prevent drowsy driving accidents.

One culprit people may overlook is tiredness due to the change in Daylight Savings Time. Studies, however, have linked this shift to an increase in accidents and in drowsy driving overall.

The start of daylight savings time can be disruptive for everyone. Even the shift in just one hour can cause people to feel groggier on that Sunday and in the days that follow. A recent AAA study identifies that deaths are 10 times higher than reported at the beginning of daylight savings time, which occurred on March 10, 2024. This can lead to significant drowsy driving. Falling asleep or being tired behind the wheel could put you at greater risk for a serious accident. Between 2017 and 2021 18% of all traffic fatalities were associated with a drowsy driver, that accounted for the loss of life for more than 30,000 car accident victims. In 2021 alone, over 6,700 people were killed in drowsy driving accidents.

Making sure that you get plenty of rest and taking breaks behind the wheel during longer road trips can decrease the chances of devastating vehicle accidents and the resulting injuries or fatalities. If you were recently hurt in an accident and believe someone else was either not paying attention behind the wheel or was driving drowsy, you may need to share this information with your San Francisco personal injury lawyer.

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