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Driving and Sleep Deprivation

Posted on May 5, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Oklahoma motorists who get behind the wheel when they are tired may be at an increased risk of causing an accident. Although there is no way to prove that a driver was drowsy when a crash occurred, there are several telltale signs that a driver was too tired to safely operate a motor vehicle. Statistics show that crashes involving drowsy drivers tend to take place in the early morning, mid-afternoon and overnight hours.

The majority of such crashes involve a single car that has gone off of the road with no evidence that the driver tried to avoid the crash. In addition to involving only one car, the driver in most drowsy driving accidents is the only person in the car when they occur. In some cases, the driver may be unaware that he or she had a sleeping disorder that may lead to drowsy driving.

While all drivers are susceptible to drowsy driving, young males between the ages of 16 and 29 are considered at the most risk. Those who work or otherwise are awake at irregular hours may also be at an increased risk of feeling drowsy while behind the wheel. Researchers say that better sleep habits as well as the use of rumble strips on the highway can help reduce the odds of a crash involving a tired driver.

Those who have been hurt in a car accident caused by a sleep-deprived or otherwise impaired driver may wish to talk to a personal injury attorney to determine the remedies that may be available. Serious accident injuries may result in chronic pain and an overall decrease in quality of life. They may also limit a victim’s ability to return to work for a prolonged period. A successful personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver could result in compensation for lost wages as well as the necessary medical care.

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