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The high cost of drowsy driving

South Carolina motorists should be aware of the serious threat presented by drowsy driving. In 2015 alone, approximately 5,000 people were killed as a result of car accidents involving drowsy drivers. Nearly 83.6 million Americans are sleep-deprived when they get behind the wheel each day.

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association noted that motor vehicle deaths rose 7.7 percent in 2015. The actual scope of the issue may be even greater. The association's executive director has stated that law enforcement does not have the protocols in place to effectively recognize drowsy driving. When accidents occur, sleep deprivation may not be reported as the cause as at-fault drivers fear legal or financial consequences.

Tired drivers pose an extreme danger to other motorists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded its definition of impaired driving to include drowsy drivers. Fatigue-related accidents resulting in fatalities or injuries cost society a significant amount each year even before factoring in property damage. Teen and young adult drivers are the most at risk for this dangerous behavior. The author of the GHSA report indicated that public perception of drowsy driving will have to change in order for progress to be made. Drivers who are short on sleep are more likely to make mistakes and suffer reduced reaction times.

People who are injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy or otherwise impaired driver often require the need for extensive medical care, and in many cases they are unable to return to work for prolonged periods. An attorney could be of assistance to an injured victim in filing a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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