People in most areas of the country have just turned their clocks ahead an hour and it won’t be long until it feels like spring. Of course, no actual daylight is being saved and we won’t actually notice a difference until almost June. Daylight saving time started as a way to save on energy and some believe it has outlived its usefulness.
Those early-bird commuters have lost an hour of sleep and are now traveling in the dark. Studies show that we see a small, but significant, increase in the number of road deaths on the Monday after the clock shift in the spring. Some studies show the number of deadly accidents may increase by as much as seventeen percent (17%) on the “spring forward” Monday. The loss of just an hour of sleep causes a significant disruption in ones sleep pattern.
If you are involved in an accident, the first thing you should consider (after seeking medical treatment, if necessary) is documenting the claim. You should immediately take photographs of the property damage, personal injuries, and the scene of the accident. Also be sure to document any other distinguishable factors with possible relevance to the day, i.e., weather, road conditions, traffic. You may also wish to ask for names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
You most likely won’t know right away if you need professional help with your claim, but definitely you should research what your options are.
Get plenty of rest and have a safe drive!
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