What You Need to Know About Daylight Saving Time

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As Daylight Saving Time approaches, you might wonder why we set our clocks forward in the spring and then back in the fall. The time difference has more of an effect than you may realize, and you can be more likely to be in an accident and need the services of a New Orleans car crash lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys as a result of “springing forward.”

Before we get into why car accidents are more common this time of the year, here are some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time (DST):

1. The idea of DST started as a joke. Ben Franklin wrote a satirical letter to the Journal of Paris that outlined how much the city would save if its clocks were set more in time with sunrise and sunset. Since he wrote the letter in 1784, the concern was candle wax rather than electricity. Franklin’s letter made some good points, but its main purpose may have been to make a pointed joke about the supposed laziness of the French.

2. The practice of DST started–at least temporarily–during World War I. Germany was the first country to observe DST, starting in 1916 due to a desire to conserve coal during World War I. Britain and other countries followed, and the United States joined countries observing DST in 1918 in an effort to save electricity. It was suspended after the war, but was restarted in the U.S. in 1974 as an effort to save energy during the winter because of the energy crisis.

3. It may not be effective. DST was designed to conserve energy, but some studies show that it may not do so and, in some states, cause people to use more electricity. Although you may save money on lighting, you may also spend more on air conditioning in the spring. In many cases, people aren’t enjoying the extra hour of daylight by going outside in the spring. Instead they are staying inside and still running their air conditioners.

4. Not every state observes Daylight Saving Time. States can exempt themselves from participating, despite federal recognition. Parts of Indiana used to opt out, but since 2007, the entire state springs forward and falls back. Hawaii and most of Arizona don’t follow DST, and neither do the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

5. It can increase risks of car accidents. Studies have found that DST can be dangerous and increase the risk of car accidents, at least in the short term. One showed an increase in wrecks in the six days after you move the clock ahead in spring.

The suspicion remains that many drive dangerously since they’ve lost an hour of sleep. They’re also adjusting to more darkness in the morning. Other studies have linked DST to an increase in heart attacks on the Monday following the time change. Additionally, many link increases in workplace accidents to the time change.

Injured on DST Day? Get Help From a New Orleans Car Crash Lawyer

If you’ve been in an accident after the time change (or any other time) through no fault of your own, a New Orleans car crash lawyer can help make sure you have the representation you need to get any money you may be entitled to.

Call a New Orleans car accident lawyer at Mike Brander Injury Attorneys 24/7 at (504) 345-1111. Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., if you would like to speak with us in person. We also offer LiveChat and a secure online form if you wish you contact us through the Internet. We offer free consultations and you won’t pay a fee unless we win your case.

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