A new study indicates that one out of every six fatal crashes on the roads across the United States involves someone who is drowsy behind the wheel. Previous research had indicated that the results were actually 4 or 5 times less than this new number. Drowsiness is a contributor to one in every 8 serious or catastrophic injuries as a result of car collisions.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that people need to be more honest with themselves about their physical condition before they get behind the wheel of a car. In many situations involving drowsiness, individuals might overestimate their capabilities and end up hurting others as a result of this. If you are tired, you could lose many of the necessary characteristics to make proper judgement calls on the road and you could easily fall asleep behind the wheel.

Even losing control of the vehicle for just a couple of seconds can cause a devastating accident and the repercussions may continue to haunt you for years to come. If you have been injured because you suspect that another driver fell asleep behind the wheel, you need to take your case seriously. Do not hesitate to get medical attention as soon as possible after the accident, as it could be critical for you going forward.

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