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'Drowsy driving' can cause serious motor vehicle accidents

David Sexton

Our readers in Tennessee probably know by now that distracted driving is one of the main causes of motor vehicle accidents these days. But, we all know that there are other causes as well. "Drowsy driving" is one cause of car accidents that some people may not be as familiar with. However, drowsy driving is responsible for a significant number of collisions across the U.S.

As recent numbers from the National Sleep Foundation noted, drowsy driving is the cause of one-sixth of all traffic accidents that result in a fatality. Furthermore, the report noted that approximately 10 percent of all drivers have, at one time or another, fallen asleep while they were driving. Those statistics are shocking since, like drunk driving, drowsy driving is seemingly completely avoidable.

There are some simple tips that drivers can follow to maintain a high level of alertness while driving. The National Sleep Foundation advises motorists to sleep at least seven hours a night to be rested enough to drive safely the next day. And, of course, any driver who is feeling like they might fall asleep while behind the wheel should pull over and stop driving.

Each year hundreds of car accidents occur in Tennessee, and thousands more occur throughout the country. With the high number of distracted drivers on the roads already causing more problems than ever, drowsy driving is another concern that we could all do without. Anyone who has been injured in a car accident that was caused by a drowsy driver may want to think about their legal options, including the possibility of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit if appropriate.

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