Is Drowsy Driving Comparable to Drunk Driving?

Dirk J. Derrick
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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.

The holidays are finally over and people are getting back into their routines. Hopefully this means getting regular amounts of sleep again as well!

The importance of sleep affects multiple areas of our lives and most recently, has been seen to affect our ability to drive safely.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, not getting the recommended amount of sleep, 7 hours, can nearly double your risk of getting into a car accident. Studies show that not getting enough sleep and then driving, is comparable to driving under the influence.

"Drowsy drivers" are involved in more than 20% of fatal crashes each year. Someone who has slept between 6 to 7 hours are 1.3 times more likely to crash than someone who slept at least 7 hours and those who get between 4 to 5 hours of sleep are 4.3 times more likely to crash.

Around 97% of people recognize that drowsy driving is dangerous but almost 1/3 of people do it anyway. AAA suggests getting the recommended 7 hours of sleep, not eating a heavy meal before driving, and taking breaks throughout a long trip.

Accidents can happen anywhere and any time, so be aware of your surroundings and make good decisions before getting behind the wheel.

If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

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