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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving - 1.866.739.7702

Date Added: February 18, 2013 06:26:31 PM
Author: Jacob Evan
Category: Society
The effects of driving while sleep deprived can be similar to that of drunk driving, which include: reduced reaction time, the inability to focus and difficulty staying awake. Even if a sleepy driver is able to stay awake, their drowsiness can greatly increase the odds of an accident. This is particularly apparent with the increased speed of driving while on the highway. In a recent article by the Toronto Star, a CDC study showed that 1 in 24 adults say they recently fell asleep while driving. About 4 per cent of adults said they nodded off or fell asleep at least once while driving in the previous month. Researchers also found that drowsy driving was more common in men, people between the ages of 25 -34 and those that averaged less than six hours of sleep a night. Following groups are especially at risk: • Young drivers – Combining inexperience with sleepiness and a tendency to drive at night puts young people at risk, especially males aged 25-34 years. • Shift workers and people working long hours – People who work night shifts, rotating shifts, double shifts or work more than one job have a six-fold increase in drowsy driving crashes. • Business travelers – Frequent travelers who may be suffering from jet lag and crossing time zones, spending long hours behind the wheel or getting too little sleep The following tips can help you avoid falling asleep at the wheel: • Get plenty of sleep (at least six hours) before a long trip • Avoid heavy foods • Do not plan to work all day and then drive all night • Avoid driving with a sleeping passenger • If possible, avoid driving during the peak drowsy times • Limit long distance driving – stop at least every two hours – and rest More than one-third (35%) of drivers who nodded off while driving within the past six months say their last experience occurred between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. An additional 17% report they nodded off between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Attempting to drive while sleep-deprived is highly dangerous and can put the lives of drowsy drivers and everyone else on the road at risk. Driving while sleep deprived decreases a person’s ability to drive safely, leading thousands of car accidents in the Canada every year. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident where drowsy driving was a factor, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, automobile repairs, lost wages, and other damages. To learn more, contact the Kahler Car Accident Attorneys toll free at 1.866.739.7702 The Kahler Car Accident Attorneys offer free car accident consultations and free case assessments. They will meet you at one of their offices, in your home, or hospital room to discuss your car accident claim. The Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm has offices in Toronto , Barrie and North Bay and represents car accident injury Victims throughout the Province of Ontario. Visit www.kahlerlawfirm.com or Call Toll Free: 1.866.739.7702.
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