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Dangers of driving while drowsy

South Carolina residents might be interested in learning more about the dangers of driving while drowsy, as described by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Researchers found that missing merely one night of sleep can result in a short-term state of sleepiness. Missing just one or two hours of sleep each night can actually result in chronic sleepiness. Researchers were able to identify three groups who are most affected by drowsiness while driving.

Studies indicate that drivers between 16 and 29 years old face an increased risk of being involved in these types of accidents. The trend is especially true for male drives in this age group. People working overnight, irregular hours or longer shifts are also more susceptible to being involved in these types of accidents. Drivers who have been diagnosed with narcolepsy or sleep apnea syndrome also face an increased risk of being involved in an accident caused by sleepiness.

Some of the other factors that contribute to these accidents occurring include sleeplessness, alcohol consumption, sedating medications and untreated disorders. According to the NHTSA, approximately 56,000 collisions are reportedly caused by drowsy drivers on an annual basis. Each year, there are around 40,000 injuries and more than 1,500 fatalities from car crashes caused by sleepiness. Some indications that an accident was caused by sleepiness include the driver not attempting to avoid the collision, a single vehicle leaving the roadway or a serious crash occurring on a high-speed road at a late hour.

People who have been injured in an accident caused by sleepiness may benefit from consulting a lawyer. Legal counsel may be prepared to investigate the crash and help identify any of the parties who can be found liable for the resulting injuries. Plaintiffs injured in these types of accidents are often entitled to receive compensation for loss of income, medical costs and repair expenses.

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