The dangers involved in drowsy driving
Whether it is due to work, school, stress, a night out or other life events, we all have a time where we just do not get enough sleep. While this can happen from time to time, having it occur on a regular basis can be very detrimental for one's health. It can also pose risks and dangers in the things that people do, specifically operating a motor vehicle.
Drowsy driving is a dangerous condition on the roadways. So dangerous that it is often considered more dangerous than drunk driving. In fact, current statistics explain that one in 10 accidents occurring on U.S. highways is the result of drowsy driving. This data is eight times more than what estimates indicated for this type of automobile accident.
The results of recent research and a current study have proven that it is necessary to focus on the dangers of drowsy driving much like there is a focus on drunk driving. The main issue is that many motorists do not see how not getting enough sleep is dangerous. But it is something that can impede work performance, relationships and even the ability to safely operate a vehicle. More than one-third of American drivers get less than seven hours of sleep per night, which is the amount one is recommended to get at the very least.
Even if a driver believes that he or she can pull through the tiredness they are experiencing, the reality is that fatigue will take over. This can make it challenging to operate a vehicle and even keep his or her eyes open. Thus, when an automobile collision occurs, victims should consider drowsy driving as a possible cause.
No matter the cause of a car crash, victims should explore the cause. When a negligent driver is the cause of a crash, it is possible to hold that driver accountable for the damages, losses and injuries suffered. A personal injury action could help with the recovery of compensation.