Does “Falling Back” for Daylight Savings Cause Accidents?

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Photo of car and bus accidentGood afternoon, Macon! As you know, over the weekend, our clocks fell back an hour as Daylight Savings Time ended. You might not have known, however, that the Monday following Daylight Savings ending comes with hidden dangers – namely, a potential increase in the rate of car accidents.

It might not make sense that “falling back” – gaining an hour of sleep – would lead to more accidents. After all, doesn’t the extra hour of sleep mean that drivers should be more rested and therefore less likely to be involved in driver fatigue-related accidents?

Why Does Daylight Savings Lead to Car Accidents?

A study from the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia says that “falling back” leads to an increase in the average number of late afternoon collisions in the two weeks following the end of daylight savings, compared to the two weeks prior to the change. Why?

One reason might be that people tend to rationalize the extra hour of sleep. They end up staying awake later, thus ending up more tired during the day. Another reason involves – what else – daylight. During daylight savings, commuters tend to wake up for work and return home while the roads and highways are bright and easy to see. After eight months of bright commutes, it can be difficult for drivers to adjust to sudden darker conditions during the morning and evening. Furthermore, the end of daylight savings signals the beginning of the colder months, and drivers that fail to prepare their vehicles for cold weather can cause accidents as well.

If you suffer injury in a car accident due to another party’s negligence during the fall and winter months, our law firm can provide you with the assistance you need to recover the damages you deserve.



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