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Drowsy drivers can injure or kill other motorists on the roads

There is a public safety issue that is looming around every corner -- drowsy driving. This issue is one that can lead to car crashes that can kill people or injure them. This is the reason why drivers must ensure they get enough sleep before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

For the most part, drowsy driving is caused by not getting enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. Medical conditions, environmental factors and medications can also lead to this issue.

Drivers who start to nod off or go into a daze should get off the road as soon as it is safe and rest. This might help prevent accidents from occurring, but it isn't always something that is possible.

Some people might resort to trying to use coffee or energy drinks to perk themselves up. While this might buy them a little bit of time, it isn't something that is a long-term solution. Instead, getting sleep is the only thing that will help a drowsy driver.

The risks of driving drowsy are considerable. If the driver nods off in a vehicle that is moving 55 miles per hour and only has a micro sleep of five seconds before coming to, the vehicle will have moved 100 yards, or the full length of a football field.

Drowsy driving accidents can be very serious, so victims will likely need to have medical care after the crash. Once they receive the care they need, they will have to decide if they are going to seek compensation against the driver who crashed into them.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel," accessed Dec. 14, 2017

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