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When most of us think of reckless driving habits, including those that often cause car accidents, we envision speeding drivers or motorists driving under the influence of alcohol. The truth is, reckless and dangerous driving come in many forms, and one of the most common is drowsy driving. With early-morning commutes, late-night drives home, and lengthy trips, drivers commonly fall asleep at the wheel. 

Fatigued Driving Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,100 Americans were injured in collisions involving a drowsy driver in 2017. Of those injured, 795 people were killed. Fatigued driving is incredibly dangerous for a number of reasons. While it impacts reaction time and general awareness, the danger is obviously magnified if the driver actually falls asleep at the wheel, even for a moment.

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drowsy drivingWith the holiday season behind us, the Chicagoland area is bustling again as we move further into the new year. Heading back into the routine of work life, commuters are once again braving for early morning journeys to work, and late afternoon treks back home.

Adjusting back into work life can be difficult post-holiday, most notably the re-adjustment back into one’s standard sleep pattern can be especially challenging. Unfortunately a disrupted sleep schedule can lead to more than a bad mood.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 37,000 people are injured each year in drowsy driving accidents. If you or a member of your family are involved in a late-night or early morning collision, it is important to contact an experienced Chicagoland personal injury attorney.

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,An alarming new study shows that drowsy drivers are four times more likely to get into a car accident than their well-rested counterparts. The research conducted by AAA found that missing just two or three hours of sleep quadruples the risk of getting into a car accident when compared to drivers who get at least seven hours of sleep. This means that one night of bad sleep can jeopardize the safety of the driver and everyone else on the road.

Drowsy Driving vs. Drunk Driving

Many car safety advocates believe that driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Driving with either impairment can mean that the driver will:

  • Be inattentive;
  • Use poor judgment;
  • Have slower mental processing; and
  • Display poorer reflexes.

Drowsy Driving Is a Prevalent Problem

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Illinios auto accident lawyer, Illinois car crash attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,There are a number of causes for drowsy driving, making the problem a widespread danger all across the nation. Everything from driver fatigue and drug or alcohol intoxication are common factors that lead to drowsy driving, which all too often results in car accidents, injury, and even death. The problem is so prevalent that the National Sleep Foundation has named the first week of November each year “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week” with goals to raise awareness and hopefully reduce the number of sleep-related collisions around the country.

Who Are the Drowsy Drivers on Our Roadways?

No one is immune from the danger of driving while tired; all it takes to cause a collision due to sleepiness is the simple decision to get behind the wheel when tired and fatigued. While everyone is capable of causing a sleep-related accident, there are certain drivers more at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following drivers have a greater chance of driving while drowsy:

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Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,All too often, impaired driving accidents are attributed to drivers operating under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. While it is true that DUI is a primary cause for careless car accidents, injuries, and fatalities, another form of impaired driving is just as much to blame: drowsy driving. The Other Form of Impaired Driving The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 7,000 people have been killed over the last decade due to drowsy driving. Alcohol and other substances can and often do intensify the effects of an already drowsy state, making it that much easier for a driver to fall asleep behind the wheel, but even with the absence of alcohol or other drugs in a driver’s system, simply being too sleepy to drive is still a form of impaired driving. Contributing Factors Drowsy driving not influenced by the effects of drugs can happen at any time of day. If you are too tired to drive or become too tired after being in the car for some time, you run the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Studies show specific times of day tend to be riskier than others, however. The hours between midnight and 6 a.m., in particular, are common hours for drowsy driving incidents, thanks to the natural shift in our body’s circadian rhythm.This internal clock is what helps regulate our body’s sleep, and is often the reason drivers grow increasingly drowsy behind the wheel during these hours. Studies also show that drowsy driving crashes often take place when there are no other passengers in the car, and there is typically no sign of braking beforehand. Preventative Measures The number one way to prevent yourself from causing a drowsy driving collision is to ensure you get enough rest on a daily basis. This means making sure you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Practice staying vigilant if you must drive during those peak drowsiness periods. If you are crossing lanes or running into highway rumble strips - especially if you are alone - make the decision to pull over somewhere and park so you can rest before getting back on the road. Additionally, if you are already tired or plan on driving during late night or early morning hours, avoid drinking alcohol, which significantly increases your chances of causing a collision.

If you have been the victim of a drowsy driving-related crash, speak with a knowledgeable Lake County car accident attorney right away. The sooner you consult with a professional, the sooner you can protect your rights in the collision aftermath. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today at 847-662-3303 for a personal consultation.

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