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Time change and less sleep means more personal injury incidents

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2019 | Personal Injury

Lafayette readers understand that Daylight Savings often causes adults to struggle with things such as sleepiness, trouble falling asleep and ongoing drowsiness throughout the day. It is not easy to adjust when the time changes, and the result is that more people are on Louisiana roads commuting, transporting children and running errands while they are overly tired. More drowsy drivers naturally leads to an increase in car accidents and personal injury incidents.

Drivers who do not get enough sleep are significantly more likely to cause an accident. In fact, studies prove that drivers who miss even just one or two hours of the recommended amount of sleep in 24 hours are approximately twice as likely to be involved in a crash. AAA suggests that drivers need at least seven hours of sleep to be adequately alert behind the wheel.

Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as other types of driving, like distracted driving. Every person is responsible for recognizing the signs of extreme drowsiness and knowing when he or she needs to delay getting behind the wheel or pull over. Tired drivers may drift, have trouble keeping their eyes open and do other things that can cause an accident.

Victims of car accidents in Lafayette caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another motorist have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. This includes accidents caused by drowsy drivers as well. If a person is unsure of why his or her accident occurred or believes that he or she has a claim, it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of the case.