Every driver will lose weeks of road safety when our clocks and phones turn back an hour this weekend. Every pedestrian and child shares that risk.
We know that driving drowsy is always a threat. But every driver fights to stay awake and alert when the time change disrupts our normal sleep pattern.
Each and every driver is at risk of a catastrophic car crash for over a full week after that time change.
What's So Bad With Falling Back?
Sleeping Behind the Wheel happens when drivers don't get the rest they need. To stay focused and alert, everyone needs a good night's rest. Reliable and predictable sleep patterns are crucial to avoid drowsy driving;
Distracted Driving cranks up the threat. Foggy brains make it too easy to automatically reach for that phone and take a call or text. When drivers are drowsy, it is easy to forget the one and only job behind that wheel is to just drive; and
Medical Emergencies behind the wheel increase. Heart attacks and strokes strike some right after the time change. Disrupted sleep patterns can trigger underlying health conditions. No one wants to be that driver. And no one needs to meet a stricken driver on our busy highways.
What To Do?
Some drivers can choose to reduce non essential travel during this week. If you don't have to be out on the roads as much, don't be.
That isn't an option for many workers who have to commute to work.
When you've been injured in a car crash, and you suspect the at fault driver was driving drowsy or distracted, let the investigating police officer know. If there was no officer at the scene, then ensure this information is on your report at the Accident Reporting Centre. Then call your experienced community injury lawyer.
At Martin Law, we know a car crash is never just an accident.