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How serious is drowsy driving?

From time to time, we all get tired during our normal waking hours. We might have had a late night out, had to work late or are just simply behind on sleep. Being exhausted is not uncommon in the busy lives of individuals in California and elsewhere; however, being exhausted behind the wheel is not acceptable. Driving while drowsy is dangerous and is the cause of numerous accidents each year.

How serious is drowsy driving? Based on current research, drowsy driving is more dangerous than previously thought. In fact, a recent study discovered that the actual number of car accidents caused by drowsy drivers is eight times more than the federal estimates for these types of crashes.

Based on the data collected in this research, it was found that around 35 percent of drivers get less than seven hours of sleep, which is the recommended minimum. And, while many believe that missing an hour or two of sleep is harmless, it can actually increase the risk of an automobile accident. It was found that missing just two to three hours of sleep can quadruple one's risk of being involved in an accident. This is equivalent to the risks associated with drunk driving.

Following a car accident, it is important to understand the cause of the crash. It may not be readily apparent at first; however, it is important to determine whether the driver involved was fatigued at the time. This can help explain how the crash happened, making the driver also liable for the damages associated with the accident. An injured victim could seek compensation through a personal injury action. This could help address medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related losses.

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