Increased Car Accidents as Daylight Savings Time Begins

Increased car accidents with the loss of an hour of sleep underscores the dangers of drowsy driving

This morning was the first Monday commute on daylight savings time this year. Roads everywhere in Gwinnett County appeared more congested than usual as I drove into my office in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Later today commuters will get off work and head home more tired than usual. Unfortunately the loss of an hour of sleep means danger on the roads here in Gwinnett County and everywhere across the country in the form of an increased risk of car accidents. 

Twenty-two years ago Stanley Coren, Ph.D., wrote to the New England Journal of Medicine regarding the public health problem involving traffic accidents and and daylight savings time. Basically, with statistical significance the numbers cited by Dr. Coren show an 8% increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following the start of daylight savings time.

The statistics on car accidents also underscore a danger at all times of the year on our roads in Georgia and elsewhere:  "drowsy driving." Noting that auto accidents decrease when daylight savings time ends, Dr. Coren stated, "[I]t is likely that the effects are due to sleep loss rather than a nonspecific disruption in circadian rhythm, since gaining an additional hour of sleep at the fall time shift seems to decrease the risk of accidents."

The sum and substance? Sleepy drivers are at an increased risk of being involved in car accidents. Please be safe when commuting, especially this evening. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Georgia, please contact Gwinnett County based personal injury and wrongful death lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.