With Daylight Savings Time just occurring on the turn of March 7 to March 8, many people are getting less sleep than they were used to. The clocks rolled forward, and that meant it was much later than people expected when they finally felt tired. They might have stayed up later, which then leads to getting up on time for work (but in actuality, an hour sooner than they’re used to).
This lack of sleep, either missing one or two hours more than usual, can create a big problem: drowsy driving. While some people may not think that driving while drowsy is that big of a deal, the truth is that it can significantly increase your risk of being involved in a car crash.
AAA has recommended that drivers make it a priority to get at least seven hours of sleep each night, especially after the time change. Did you know that getting five hours of sleep or less per night means you’ll have a risk of crashing that is comparable to someone who has been drinking alcohol? It’s not worth the risk, so it’s vital to get enough sleep.
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 91,000 crashes that were reported by the authorities were a result of or involved drowsy drivers. Those crashes were linked to approximately 800 deaths and over 50,000 injuries.
Getting enough sleep is vital, but even if you do, others may still be drowsy on the roads. If you are hit by someone who was not paying attention or who was too tired to drive, then you may be able to hold them responsible for the cost of your recovery.