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The Increasing Hazard of Drowsy Drivers

You may not think so, but there is an increasing hazard of drowsy drivers. Although drowsy drivers do not get the attention that drunk drivers do, they still pose a deadly problem.

If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a drowsy driver, you should seriously consider contacting a personal injury attorney and letting him or her evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you. You may receive compensation for your injury that was caused by a drowsy driver.

Still not convinced

Are you still not convinced of the increasing hazard of drowsy drivers? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 100,000 accidents that are reported to the police each year are the result of drowsy drivers. These accidents result in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries.

It has been said that the incidence of drowsy drivers is increasing as fast as the poor sleep habits of the United States. As so many people want to live a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week lifestyle, it fails to take note of the fact that biological programming is to be asleep at night and awake and alert during the day.

In a report by the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, accidents caused by drowsy drivers usually have several common characteristics. These include:

A single vehicle leaving the roadway
Accidents that are serious in nature because drowsy drivers do not attempt to avoid the crash
Drivers who are usually alone in their vehicle at the time of the accident
Accidents that often take place on high speed roads
Accidents that generally occur late at night, early in the morning or during the middle of the afternoon.

There are several factors that increase the risk of drowsy driving. Some of these are:

Driving for long periods of time without rest
Driving between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
Driving in the middle of the afternoon (especially for older drivers)
The use of anti-depressants, some antihistamines and sedation medications
Driving a substantial number of miles each year and/or a substantial number of hours each day
Sleep deprivation
Unrecognized sleep disorders, especially narcolepsy and sleep apnea syndrome (SAS)
Alcohol when combined with any of these risk factors.

There are some remedies for drowsy drivers that have been put forth by the federal government. Some of these include:

Installation of rumble strips along high speed roads
Educational campaigns to alert drivers who are most at risk
Restrictive and closely monitored hours of service for commercial truck drivers who may push themselves or be pushed by their employers.

In reality, there is a simple answer to the problem of drowsy drivers. It is not driving when exhausted or having gone without sleep for long periods of time. It is getting more sleep before starting to drive or pulling over when tired to take a nap.

Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by a drowsy driver, you should seriously think about contacting a personal injury attorney and having your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. There could be compensation that is rightfully yours for your injury because of a drowsy driver.

Article written by James Shugart

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