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Fatigued Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

Dec 14, 2016 | Auto Accident

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At Stewart & Stewart, we love the holiday season. For us, it’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, be generous with our time and resources, and reflect on the past year. It’s also one of the busiest times of year. Late nights and early mornings impact our sleeping patterns, leaving us more fatigued than usual. That fatigue can be dangerous.

According to a recent study, driving fatigued or sleep deprived is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driving with too little sleep is equivalent to driving after consuming three or four alcoholic drinks. That’s a sobering statistic for the millions of Americans who get less than seven hours of sleep per night (35%) and the millions more who get less than five (12%).

What does this mean for car accident injury claims in Indiana? Potentially a lot. We could see fatigued driving becoming a central component in determining fault in an accident and even monetary liability. Luckily, there’s a remedy. Get more sleep. If you ever find yourself too fatigued to drive, call a cab or arrange for other transportation. Your life is worth far more than a one-way cab fare.

And as always, if you need legal advice after a car accident, call us today for a free consultation. Our Indiana car accident attorneys are ready to hear your story and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

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