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The dangers of drowsy driving

Whether a person is tired in the early hours of the day, overworked and exhausted in the afternoon or are getting sleeping during the late night hours, fatigued driving can be a serious hazard.

Drowsy driving may not seem like a major deal, as many drivers still drive while distracted and intoxicated. However, driving while fatigued is rather dangerous and is considered to be just as dangerous if not more dangerous that drunk driving. This makes it a major issue and a safety concern on roadways across the nation.

Based on a current study, drivers can fall anywhere on the spectrum. On one end, a driver is completely alert and responsive. On the other end, a driver is so fatigued that he or she falls asleep at the wheel and causes an automobile collision. Then there is the middle ground, which is a driver that is too tired to drive safely but has not crashed. And according to this research study, too many drivers fall at this middle ground.

Data from 2013 indicated that roughly one n 24 adults reported driving while drowsy at least once in the past month. Because this was a self-reporting survey, it is believed that these numbers are underestimated. When someone is driving while drowsy, they experience lapse in attention. This occurs when their brains stop taking in and processing information. This is the normal process of falling sleep and occurs regardless of what task and individual is engaged in.

Drowsy driving can make it difficult to keep one's eyes open and even keep one's head up. This can also cause a driver to have trouble remembering the last few miles they drove, missing turns and traffic signals, drifting out of their lane of traffic and even having trouble maintaining speed. This is a dangerous situation and could lead to a serious car crash.

When a drowsy driver is at fault in a crash, victims could take steps to hold that driver accountable. A personal injury action could help place liability on the driver while assisting with the collection of compensation. This monetary award could help address losses such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Self.com, "Drowsy Driving Kills Nearly as Many People as Drunk Driving-So Why Aren't We Talking About It?," Nina Bahadur, Feb. 12, 2018

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