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Not Getting Adequate Sleeps Leads to Dangerous Driving

You probably already know that not getting enough sleep is bad for your health. At the very least, you know how it makes you feel – tired, grouchy, and lethargic.

A new study suggests that by not getting adequate sleep, you may be doing more than just putting your health at risk, though; you may be putting your life – and the lives of those around you – at risk, too. In fact, the new study, which was published by AAA, reveals that drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving.

Not Getting Enough Sleep Makes You As Dangerous as a Drunk Driver

Drunk drivers aren’t the only ones on the road contributing to auto accidents – drowsy drivers are also to blame. The AAA study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that drowsy drivers are involved in 21 percent of all fatal crashes. Here’s a look at how the amount of sleep that drivers get affects their chances of being involved in an accident:

  • Drivers in the study who slept for less than four hours had a crash rate 11.5 times greater than average;
  • Drivers in the study who slept for between four and five hours had a crash rate 4.3 times greater than average;
  • Drivers in the study who slept for between five and six hours had a crash rate 1.9 times greater than average; and
  • Drivers in the study who slept for between six and seven hours had a crash rate 1.3 times greater than average.

The “average” standard referred to above was the average crash rate for drivers who got seven or more hours of sleep in the past 24 hours. The results of the study indicate that sleeping at least seven hours per night may significantly reduce the risk of being involved in a crash. The results of not getting enough sleep are comparable to DUI and DWI crash rates.

How to Avoid Fatigued Driving

You might think that avoiding fatigued driving is easier said than done, especially if you’re a person who has trouble sleeping. If you have difficulty sleeping, try to develop a bedtime routine, cut out caffeine and alcohol before bed, and make sure you get some exercise. If you are taking a long trip, pull over as needed to switch drivers, get something to eat or drink, or take a nap.

Fatigued driving is just as dangerous as impaired driving, and could lead to an accident. Don’t take the risk.

What to Do if You’re in a Crash

If you are involved in a crash with a fatigued driver in Waterford or New London, our experienced car accident attorneys at Polito & Associates LLC are here for you. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about recovering damages after a wreck. You can also contact us using the form found on our website.