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Joliet personal injury lawyerAmerica is an on-the-go nation. We take our breakfast “to go,” our social media “on the go,” and even listen to audiobooks while driving. Unfortunately, all that constant running has many drivers fatigued and short on sleep. A new study has determined that this is not only bad for our health in general, but is also dangerous to other road users. Learn more about this risk, and what you can do, should you be the victim of drowsy driving.

Lack of Sleep Causes Increases the Risk of a Crash

Prior research has suggested that at least 20 percent of all crashes involve at least one drowsy driver. Now a new study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has found that a lack of sleep causes a sharp increase in one's risk of crashing. For example, the researchers found that losing out on just one to two hours of sleep can double the risk of a car crash, and sleeping only four to five hours can quadruple it.

When Other Drivers Put Your Life at Risk

The results of drowsy driving can be devastating, regardless of whether it is a drowsy truck driver, hypnotized by the road after too many hours of driving, or a frazzled mom who simply cannot manage to get more than a couple of hours of sleep at a time. Some may not even realize they are putting others at risk. Others may not recognize just how tired they really are.

For example, there are drivers and truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea - a condition that stops breathing while sleeping and then impacts a person's ability to achieve deep sleep. They may not be aware of their condition, but the risk that they pose to other road users is real. Victims in such crashes need to understand their rights and should exercise them to the fullest of their ability.

First and foremost, victims should understand that they have the right to pursue fair compensation. Second, victims need to know that they do have the right to have an attorney represent their interests. This is often critical since insurance companies are notorious for minimizing payouts and denying claims to save money.

Our Joliet Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash, contact the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Able to provide you with aggressive representation, our Joliet personal injury lawyers will protect your rights. In every case, we fight for the most favorable outcome possible. To learn more about how we can assist you in your case, call 815-666-1285 and schedule a personalized consultation today.

Source:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/06/504448639/drivers-beware-crash-rate-spikes-with-every-hour-of-lost-sleep

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