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We turned the clocks forward on March 13, 2016. Losing an hour of sleep can cause difficulties focusing, concentrating at work, affect driving and even cause health issues. New research says that that the loss of one hour of sleep can cause an increased risk of stroke. There is also said to be an increase in heart attacks an vascular events. A study also showed an 8% increase in the number of car accidents on the Monday following the time change. Researchers also found there are massive productivity losses due to the time change.
The one-hour time change has the effect of “jet lag”. It can make people feel groggy, which is why there are concerns for road users.
According to an article posted by The Weather Network, data from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety showed that in British Columbia, on the first Monday after daylight savings time begins, collisions increased by 23% in 2005-2009 and CBC reported a similar trend in Manitoba where there were 20% more collisions in the spring of 2015. According to a CBC article, a University of British Columbia sleep expert said that “We live in a society that is chronically sleep-deprived, and very bad things happen when chronic sleep deprivation is an issue” and a 5-7% increase in accident fatalities occurs during the 3 days following spring daylight savings time.
Some tips to consider this week, and as we learn to adjust to darker mornings and lighter evenings:
If you or someone you know have been injured as a result of a car accident, whether you were a pedestrian, passenger or driver, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to find out what types of compensation you may be entitled to. It is important to seek the opinion of an experienced lawyer, and one who practices in this area of law. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates offer a free, no obligation initial consultation and are available to meet in person or speak via telephone or Skype, at a time that is convenient for you.
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