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Study: drivers' lack of sleep truly imperils our roads

Government researchers have got it wrong, states a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers' drowsiness leading to roadway injuries and fatalities is a far bigger problem than they have long concluded.

A federal estimate that sleepy motorists' negligent driving behaviors are catalysts in no more than 2% of vehicle crashes in Indiana and nationally is way off the mark, states AAA. Better data now reveal that drowsiness is a key factor in up to 10% or more of crashes yielding serious injuries and deaths.

And the risks, study analysts say, spike sharply upward during nighttime hours, a period when many commercial truckers are plying state and national roads on extended-hour long-haul routes.

The implications for a sleep-deprived country are nowhere more immediate and tragically apparent than on America's streets and freeways, says AAA. Reportedly, a person notably in need of sleep can be closely akin to a drunk driver when behind the wheel.

And speaking of drinking, it is pointed to as the greatest scourge of all for the motoring public. A recent CDC report states that drunk driving was implicated in about one-third of all crash deaths in a recent year.

Clearly (and when coupled even further with various driver distractions like smart phones), the culprits undermining safety for Indiana motorists and other drivers and passengers across the U.S. are many and serious.

We certainly know that from long experience at the established personal injury firm of Tabor Law in Indianapolis. Our proven attorneys routinely provide strong and on-point advocacy for injury victims and families whose lives have been adversely affected by the negligent behavior of other parties.

We welcome contacts to the firm to discuss the work we do for clients who turn to us for legal help when it is urgently needed.

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