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Daylight Savings and the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

car sideswiped at a red light due to drowsy driving

Daylight Savings marks the beginning of the Spring season. The days get longer and the nights get warmer, and while the extra daylight is great for evening activities, the change can be tough on our bodies. One of the most dangerous consequences of this time change is drowsy driving

According to research from the University of Colorado, fatal car accidents increase by 6 percent the week after DST kicks in. In the journal, Current Biology, researchers looked at 732,835 auto accidents recorded in the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System from 1996 to 2017. This data showed a steady increase in fatal car accidents the week after the DST transition, with the most crashes occurring in the morning. This increase is likely due to drivers losing an hour of sleep and adjusting to driving to work while dark. 

How to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is a factor in many car accidents, so it’s important to be aware of the dangers and take steps to prevent it. The best way to avoid drowsy driving is to get enough sleep. The CDC recommends at least eight hours of sleep per night. If you can’t get eight hours, try to get a power nap of 15-20 minutes before you hit the road, and if you feel drowsy while driving, pull over to rest or get an energizing drink.

What The Fran Haasch Law Group Can Do For You

Sometimes car accidents are inevitable. At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we focus on helping you and your family recover. We pursue personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death claims to obtain full compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost earnings, and more.

With over 20 years of experience, we draw on constant medical research to help clients recover after being injured in auto accidents in Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. Founding personal injury attorney, Fran Haasch, is a lifetime member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the American Association for Justice, the Florida Justice Association, and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.

Our attorneys are skilled and experienced litigators. We are not afraid to take your lawsuit to trial if necessary. No matter how complicated your case, our firm is here to help you navigate the legal process from start to finish.

The Value of Your Personal Injury Claim

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At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we understand that no amount of financial recovery can undo what you have been through. However, a fair settlement or jury verdict can ease the financial burden of unexpected medical bills, lost income, and other economic and non-economic damages associated with your accident.

We have obtained multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements in cases involving auto accidents, as well as claims concerning wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. Here are some of our case results:

  • $1.8 million for our client in Pinellas County who was injured in a car accident
  • $1.8 million for a 33-year-old female client in  Hillsborough County who was lawfully stopped for a left-turning vehicle ahead when she was rear-ended by the defendant vehicle, which was then rear-ended by the vehicle behind it, causing the client to feel two impacts. This resulted in multiple back surgeries and an infection which caused the client to be hospitalized several times.
  • $1.6 million for a 25-year-old female passenger on a motorcycle when the defendant cut across the client’s path. The client was thrown over 200 feet from the motorcycle. The accident resulted in a fractured leg, broken finger, back surgery, and many other injuries.
  • $1.55 million for a 46-year old male in Pasco County who was stopped at a red light on U.S. Highway 19 in Pasco County and was rear-ended by the defendant at a high rate of speed.
  • $1.35 million for a client in Pasco County. The defendant turned left in front of our client, causing the client’s vehicle to flip and resulting in many injuries.
  • $1.34 million for a 69-year-old male client in Orange County who was in the left turn lane when the defendant came across his pathway while attempting to turn and collided with the client. The accident resulted in multiple severe injuries, including a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, punctured lung, a broken arm that required surgery, and several lacerations.
  • $1.3 million for a 33-year-old female client in Pinellas County who was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light with her three children in the car with her. The accident resulted in multiple surgeries and complications.
  • $1.025 for our client injured in a car accident in Hillsborough County.
  • $1.0 million for a client in Hillsborough County rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic on the interstate.

Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today

At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we are committed to fighting for your fair recovery. We strive to help injured individuals and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed, secure the full, fair recovery they are owed. We offer dedicated legal representation for car accident victims and victims of bicycle, rideshare, and semi-truck accidents. 

If you feel you have been the victim of a car accident through no fault of your own, our attorneys are prepared to help you navigate the legal process and work toward securing the maximum compensation you are owed.

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