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AAA: drivers should beware of drowsiness after end of DST

The end of daylight saving time may give everyone an extra hour to sleep, but it still disrupts the body's internal clock. This means that one may need to contend with a little drowsiness the day of the change and even the day after. Drivers in Montana should keep in mind what sort of effect drowsiness can have on their ability to concentrate on the road.

Drowsy driving factors in approximately 328,000 car crashes every year in the U.S. It is linked to some 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries, according to the National Sleep Foundation. In AAA's 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index, 96% of respondents acknowledged how unsafe drowsy driving is, but 27% engaged in it at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey.

AAA recommends that everyone go to bed at their normal time the night before DST ends. Staying up late to take advantage of the extra hour will only lead to more drowsiness. The safety organization also points out the danger of night driving, which will become more prevalent when DST ends and the sun begins to set sooner.

The night gives limited visibility, which puts other drivers as well as pedestrians and bicyclists in danger. AAA encourages drivers to slow down at night and yield to pedestrians.

Everyone should know that drowsy driving is a form of negligence. When it's the cause of car accidents, it can make the filing of a personal injury claim more certain. Victims, for their part, may want a lawyer on their side because claims can, after all, be denied. Auto insurance companies may refuse to pay out or may get victims to agree to an unreasonably low settlement. With a lawyer negotiating for them, victims may achieve a fair settlement.

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