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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Car Accident on Friday, March 2, 2018.
Americans At Bigger Risk of Car Accidents Because of Daylight Saving Time

People in Los Angeles and California – as well as other parts of America switching into daylight saving – are at a larger risk of getting into a car crash due to the negative effects that “springing forward” has on our bodies, a new study has found.

If you have been feeling sleepy, irritated and stressed-out starting this week, know two things: (1) you are not alone, and (2) you may want to avoid driving for the next week or so.

A new study by the University of Colorado showed that Americans are suffering from the loss of an hour’s sleep caused by Daylight Saving Time. Los Angeles and the rest of California set their clocks forward one hour at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 11.

Why you are at risk of car crash

A wide variety of previous studies have linked the practice of “springing forward” to an increased heart attacks and strokes, and now researchers have found that car accidents are also on the rise after the Daylight Saving Time change. Experts presume that lack of sleep, drowsiness, the stress and exhaustion resulting from the loss of an hour’s sleep, are to blame for the increased incidence of car crashes in Los Angeles and all across California in the wake of setting clocks forward one hour.

Fact: researchers also found that when Americans switch back and gain an extra hour of sleep, the number of heart attack drops, and people are less likely to get into a car accident.

Not sleeping seven hours per night? You are at risk, too

Our Los Angeles car accident attorney, familiar with the findings of the study, explained why there is an increased risk of car crashes after Daylight Saving Time. Less sleep itself may not be the only factor to blame, our lawyer at the Kristensen Weisberg, LLP says, as the stress of a new work week, inattention and distracted driving as well as drowsy driving caused by the lack of sleep are one of the top causes of motor vehicle collisions in the United States.

Previous studies have also shown that drivers who sleep five or six (or less) hours per night instead of the recommended seven hours are at a larger risk of car accidents.

Most common causes of car accidents in California

But fatigue, lack of sleep, and drowsy driving are not the only contributing factors that cause hundreds of thousands of road collisions in Los Angeles and California every year.

Our best car accident attorneys in Los Angeles have outlined the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents as follows:

Distracted driving (do not text and drive or for any other reason hold a phone or any other device in your hand while operating a vehicle);

  • Speeding
  • Running red lights
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving or road rage
  • Poor road conditions
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Wrong lane changes
  • Tailgating

If you have been in a car accident caused by the above-mentioned or any other factors, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and damages if you can prove that the other motorist was at least partially at fault for the accident.

Do not attempt to file a motor vehicle accident claim on your own. Seek legal help of a skilled Los Angeles car accident attorney from the Kristensen Weisberg, LLP to find out the best course of action in your particular case. Call our Los Angeles offices at 310-984-1297 or complete this contact form to get a free consultation today.