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Daylight saving may be related to drowsy driving accidents

Very recently, every last one of us in the United States had one hour of one day taken from us. Yes, it was once again the bi-annual ritual known as daylight saving time. While at one point in history there was reason for this time adjustment, these days it is viewed more as a nuisance that simply won't desist.

But this tradition may be more than just an irritant, it could actually be hazardous to your health and responsible for an increase in motor vehicle accidents. According to Harvard Health, your body may need as much as a week to recover from the time change. If this is accurate, it stands to reason that a good portion of the population is experiencing jet lag-like symptoms during the weeks that follow the spring and fall daylight saving time changes.

As a result, many people's sleep patterns are altered, leaving them feeling tired. This may lead to more incidents of drowsy driving, which is actually more hazardous than driving while under the influence. So profound is this problem that it is estimated that eliminating daylight saving could potentially prevent more than 360 fatalities annually.

While there is likely an increase in drowsy driving during the days after daylight saving, it is also still a problem that exists all year long. Even if a driver nods off behind the wheel for only a second or two, it could be enough to cause a very serious collision.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that you suspect may have been due to drowsy driving, you may want to have a Texas personal injury attorney help you pursue a measure of fair compensation.

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