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Daylight Saving Time can lead to driver fatigue, car accidents

While Miami generally experiences warm temperatures year-round, it is autumn and that means the days are growing shorter, especially now that Daylight Saving Time has passed. Setting the clock back can interfere with a person's sleep cycle, according to the owner of Alliance Insurance Services. This means that driver fatigue can be an issue facing Florida motorists this time of the year.

In fact, according to statistics from AAA, drowsy driving was a factor in over one-fifth of motor vehicle accidents resulting in death. While motorists may think that missing a couple hours of sleep is no big deal, according to AAA even missing three hours of sleep can increase the chance of being in a car accident four-fold. The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll and found that 60 percent of respondents nationwide admitted to driving while fatigued. Moreover, 37 percent of respondents nationwide stated that they in fact did fall asleep while driving in the past 12 months.

There are steps motorists can take to avoid drowsy driving. They can make sure they have slept at least seven hours a night, and they can go to bed at the same time every night. If they have a sleep disorder, they should see their doctor to learn more about what treatments are available to address the issue. Finally, they should avoid consuming alcohol or taking medicines that make a person drowsy before driving.

Unfortunately, there will always be those who do drive while fatigued. This is dangerous, not just for them, but for all others on the road. When a person is injured in a collision caused by a drowsy driver, they will experience a litany of physical and financial issues. While their chief concern may simply be recovering from their injuries, it won't be long before the medical bills start rolling in. Lost wages from missing work only exasperates the problem. Finally, there is the pain and suffering and emotional trauma to deal with. All these issues can cause a person to experience physical, mental and financial distress. Therefore, those harmed in a car crash caused by a drowsy driver may want to determine what legal options they have for holding that driver accountable.

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