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Driving tired could be as bad as driving drunk

South Carolina residents may know about the dangers of driving while distracted or impaired. However, they may not be aware that driving while tired may be just as dangerous. According to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a driver who has slept four or five hours in a 24-hour period has roughly the same odds of getting into a crash as someone who drove drunk.

Compared to someone who had slept seven hours in a 24-hour period, a driver who slept five or six hours was twice as likely to get into an accident. Previous research has found that 20 percent of fatal car accidents in the United States involved a drowsy driver. In 2015, there was a 7.4 percent increase in the number of people who died in auto accidents compared to 2014.

Those who have studied the matter say that individuals may be able to take naps to make up for lost sleep. Therefore, someone who only slept five hours overnight could sleep for an hour or two and still be safe to drive. However, those who have not met that sleep threshold are urged to refrain from driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in three Americans do not get enough sleep each night.

Motor vehicle accidents that are caused by sleep-deprived drivers can often result in catastrophic injuries to passengers as well as to occupants of other cars that are involved in the collision. While sleep deprivation is not as easy to prove as alcohol or drug impairment, an attorney representing an injured victim could look to the testimony of eyewitnesses and other evidence in order to demonstrate negligence.

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