A look at the dangers of drowsy driving in Ohio

Most Ohio residents are aware of the various dangerous driving conditions that they may encounter whenever they enter the roads. Some dangerous driving conditions include construction zones, poorly maintained streets and unforeseen hazards like fallen trees, animals or poor weather conditions. However, some Ohioans may take for granted the hazards present by fellow drivers on the road.

In fact, many accidents on the road that are a result of another driver involve drunk driving and distracted driving. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is something we should not take for granted.

It is believed that as many as one in 25 Americans have fallen asleep behind the wheel in the last month. In addition, it is estimated that in 2013, 70,000 or more crashes in the United States were the result of drowsy driving. This lead to approximately 40,000 injuries and 5,000 or more casualties each year. Common causes of drowsy driving are workers who work the night shift or long shift, commercial truck drivers who exceed their allotted driving regulations, those with sleep disorders and drivers who take medication that leads to sleepiness. Any driver, however, who causes an accident may be liable for the subsequent damages and injuries.

For anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident with catastrophic injuries, compensation may be sought through a personal injury lawsuit. It is the duty and responsibility of everyone on the roads to take all necessary measures to prevent an accident. This includes, as we have mentioned before avoiding drunk driving, distracted driving and even drowsy driving.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel," Accessed Sept. 4, 2017

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