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Drowsy driving a significant factor in motor vehicle accidents

While we all know the importance of a good night's sleep, this doesn't prevent some motorists from driving while fatigued. When a driver is fatigued, their reaction time can be slowed down, or they could even fall asleep while behind the wheel. This could cause a serious motor vehicle accident injuring or killing others on the road.

However, residents of Washington may be surprised to hear that, according to one report, drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. If a motorist gets less than four hours of sleep at night, their driving can be as dangerous as if their blood alcohol content was 1.5 times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. However, even motorists who get less than seven hours of sleep a night are at an increased risk of causing a car accident. This is significant because, according to surveys, one out of every five respondents reported that they usually get less than seven hours of sleep a night.

The study revealed that around seven percent of all motor vehicle collisions involved drowsy drivers, and drowsy drivers were responsible for 16 percent of all deadly accidents. Sleep-deprived motorists can make serious errors while behind the wheel. They may swerve between lanes or they may fail to notice obstructions or slowdowns in traffic. Any of these circumstances can lead to serious or fatal crashes.

Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night is important not just for one's health, but for one's safety and the safety of others. Fatigued drivers are dangerous drivers. Those who have been injured in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, or their family if the victim is killed, may want to determine if they are able to pursue compensation from the responsible party for the damages they suffered.

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