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Drowsy driving mimics drunk driving: Study finds

A new study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association reports that drowsy driving mimics the same dangers as drunk driving. According to the study, driving without getting sleep for 21 hours straight is the same as driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent. That is the legal limit in every state in the country. Driving after a full day without sleep is the equivalent of 0.10 percent blood alcohol content, well over the legal limit.

Clearly these numbers are dangerous. In fact, they translate to approximately 5,000 deaths in 2015 alone.

What can we do to reduce drowsy driving?

A recent report in Forbes discussed the study, noting the most important step we can take is to acknowledge the dangers of driving without getting an adequate amount of sleep.

It takes time for society to accept that these dangers exist. Decades ago, society did not believe that drinking and driving was dangerous. It took time, a good deal of struggle and some striking data on the injuries and fatalities connected to drunk driving accidents, but now we know that drunk driving is extremely dangerous. The author of the report is calling for drivers everywhere to accept that driving without getting an adequate amount of sleep is dangerous.

Additional recommendations for change include updated legislation to address the issue and improving driver education courses to better ensure that teens learning how to drive are aware of the dangers associated with drowsy driving.

What should we do if we are involved in a car crash?

Whether the crash is the result of a drowsy driver or other cause, those who are the victims of car crashes have options. The person responsible for the accident can be held accountable through a personal injury suit. This can result in monetary compensation for the victim to help cover the costs associated with the accident. Costs like medical bills, lost wages and repairing or replacing a damaged vehicle.

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