First Day of Spring


First Day of Spring

Car Accident Info
Posted on Mar 19, 2024

First Day of Spring

Virginia’s springtime brings blooming flowers, sunshine, and warmer weather. But with rising temperatures, we also see a rise in something else – car accidents. The first day of spring itself doesn’t directly cause more accidents, but it often coincides with the switch to Daylight Saving Time (DST). Studies have shown a rise in car accidents in the week following the start of Daylight Saving Time. This time change, where clocks spring forward one hour, is linked to an increase in accidents. At Rutter Mills, we see car accident calls increase around the first day of spring year after year.

Spring Forward - Why Time Change is Linked to Car Accidents

Losing an hour of sleep can make drivers drowsy and impair their reaction times. This is especially true in the days following the switch as our bodies adjust.

Shifting sleep schedules can disrupt our natural internal clock, leading to fatigue and decreased alertness.

The evening commute might be darker than usual after the time change, affecting visibility and reaction times.

The position of the sun in the sky may decrease visibility for traffic lights and oncoming vehicles.


The Science Behind Accidents and the First Day of Spring 

You may be wondering how serious the increased risk is. Luckily, researchers in Colorado helped quantify the increase in wrecks after the first day of spring. A key study on the topic was published in the journal, “Current Biology” in 2020, by scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder. The study examined over 732,000 accidents over 20 years. The results showed a correlation between the switch to Daylight Saving Time and a 6% increase in fatal car crashes during the first week following the time change [study on daylight saving time and accidents].

Virginia Car Crash Statistics



Car crash rates in Virginia are on the rise. Research shows the number of car accidents in Virginia increased 3.3% over 2021. 2022 Virginia Crash Facts from DMV point out the leading causes of accidents on Virginia roads and they range from more traffic to bad weather. While the exact reasons can vary, being aware of increased risk around the first day of Spring can help you stay safe on the roads.



Spring break for students and warmer weather lure more people onto the This rise in traffic volume, particularly with inexperienced teen drivers, can lead to congestion and situations where attentive driving becomes crucial.



Spring weather increases the number of motorcycles and bicycles on Virginia’s roadways. For many bikers, the first day of spring signals the perfect time to roll out the motorcycles. While motorcyclists face inherent risk, drivers of cars need to be extra vigilant to avoid blind spots and respect these vulnerable riders. Similarly, cyclists often share the road with cars, requiring focused attention from both parties.



Coastal Virginia is notorious for its temperamental weather patterns. In Hampton Roads, it’s common to experience sudden downpours, strong winds, and even hail, which can drastically reduce visibility and road traction, creating hazardous driving conditions. So use caustion in those “April Showers.”


Contact the Car Accident Experts at Rutter Mills

No matter what time of year, accidents are serious. If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, our team van help you fight the insurance companies to get the money you need.

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After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

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After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

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Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

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A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

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When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

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They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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