When the weather starts to drop and the leaves begin to change, you know Summer is coming to an end and Daylight Saving Time (“DST”) is here as well as the dangers associated with this change. Did you know that since 1966 the Department of Transportation is responsible for managing Daylight Savings Time, when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act? Not only do you need to set your clock back that hour, it’s also a good time to check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your home safe in the coming months. You may need to prepare for some unexpected drowsiness as our circadian rhythms or biological clocks adjust to the change.
The end of Daylight Savings Time means it gets dark an hour earlier bringing an increase in the number of pedestrians injured or killed. According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, “reports indicate pedestrian crashes in the metropolitan Washington region totaled 292 during November 2018, the highest of any month.” Pedestrian fatalities increase in low light conditions due to poor visibility. You have probably heard the saying that “drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving” and it is true. A drowsy driver has slower reflexes and reaction time. In a time where we are continued to expect the unexpected, you shouldn’t have to feel that way regarding your road safety as drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Some challenges associated with Daylight Saving Time include driving in the dark, glare from oncoming headlights, expected drowsiness, increase in stress due to lack of sleep, etc.
If a distracted or negligent driver injured you or a loved one, a personal injury attorney from Regan Zambri Long is here to help. We have achieved excellent results for car and pedestrian accident claims in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
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