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End of daylight saving time increases risks of car accidents

It is once again the time to set the clocks back one hour as we head into winter. California motorists may wonder why they feel a bit sluggish for a few days after the change, but studies have shown that the biological clock of the body is thrown off by the earlier onset of darkness and the changed waking times. Furthermore, the National Road Safety Foundation says more car accidents happen in the days after the end of daylight saving time.

NRSF says that there is increased darkness during rush hour when most people head home from their workplaces, and both drivers and pedestrians need a few days to adjust to commuting with decreased visibility. Authorities say there is a significant increase in the likelihood of pedestrians being struck by vehicles at this time of the year. A study that was done at Carnegie Mellon University indicates a rise of 186 percent in the risks of pedestrian accidents from October through November.

Safety authorities advise people to get enough sleep in the days before turning back their clocks, because starting with a sleep debt can exacerbate the dangers. They say that it is not only road accidents that are more prevalent at this time but also workplace accidents. However, it is believed that alertness can be increased by taking note of the increased accident risks.

Unfortunately, there will always be victims of car accidents caused by negligent drivers. Having to cope with medical expenses and lost income can ruin anyone's financial stability. Fortunately, the California civil justice system allows injured victims and the surviving family members of deceased victims to pursue financial relief. Navigating a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit might seem daunting, but an experienced attorney can provide valuable support and guidance throughout all the legal proceedings.

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