Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.

Denver (303) 395-4773 Broomfield (303) 872-8919

Breckenridge (970) 285-3077 Toll-Free (800) 746-3560

We’re Open. We continue to monitor the health situation closely, the health and well-being of our clients and employees is of the utmost importance. The impact of this health event is quickly changing. But our commitment and service to you is always the same. We are still available for inquiry or consultation via phone, video conference, or online. Contact us at (303) 395-4773 or at [email protected]

Leaders in Litigation

Spring DST increases fatal crash numbers in its first week

The first week of daylight saving time is always a time for Colorado residents to be more careful on the road. The reason is that the loss of one hour of sleep makes everyone drowsy, raising the risk for crashes. In fact, a study published in Current Biology has found that there are 6% more fatal car crashes in the U.S. during the first week of DST. An estimated 28 more fatal crashes occur in this week each year, and many more that do not end in death likely occur as well.

For the study, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder analyzed more than 730,000 crashes occurring between 1996 and 2017. One other finding of theirs is that the farther west one goes in a time zone, the more fatal crashes there are. This is due to the sun rising and setting later in these regions. Many residents on the westernmost edges of a time zone still commute in the dark after the switch.

The study comes at a time when several states, including Washington, Oregon and California, are considering doing away with DST. It seems to back up other studies showing how DST leads to health and safety risks. For example, studies have linked DST with a greater number of workplace injuries and people experiencing heart problems in the first week after the time change.

Those who suffer in a serious accident and who find out that the other driver was drowsy may file a claim against that driver's auto insurance company. If successful, they may be compensated for monetary damages like medical bills and lost wages as well as non-monetary damages like pain and suffering and loss of consortium. It may be wise to hire a lawyer, though, since chances are that the auto insurance companies will not want to offer a reasonable settlement.

Email us your case details

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Broomfield Office
390 Interlocken Crescent
Suite 350
Broomfield, CO 80021

Toll Free: 800-746-3560
Phone: 303-872-8919
Fax: 303-464-8000
Broomfield Law Office Map

Denver Office
1660 Lincoln Street
Suite 2000
Denver, CO 80264

Toll Free: 800-746-3560
Phone: 303-395-4773
Denver Law Office Map

Breckenridge Office
106 North French Street
Suite 230
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Toll Free: 800-746-3560
Phone: 970-285-3077
Breckenridge Law Office Map

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.