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 find yourself in an accident caused by the recklessness of another and are seriously injured, you may need a personal injury attorney to help you get the benefits you need. Myrtle Beach Attorney Dirk Derrick has over 29 years of experience in auto accidents and personal injury and will work to get your claim settled successfully. Call for your FREE consultation at 843-248-7486.
The Derrick Law Firm has offices in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.