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The dangers of driving while fatigued

Motorists in Louisiana might be interested in learning more about how the dangers associated with driving while fatigued can be reduced by recent advancements in technology. Research show that driver fatigue contributes to about 7,500 motor vehicle accidents every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that driver fatigue accounts for approximately 25 percent of the fatal crashes occurring in the U.S. Some researchers believe that the number of drowsy drivers has increased over recent years.

However, as forward collision warning systems and other technology becomes standard on personal vehicles and commercial trucks, the number of accidents caused by drowsy drivers is expected to decline. People who unintentionally fall asleep during the day, snore or sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to be involved in an accident caused by fatigue. These types of accidents are most common on highways and after the sun sets.

According to researchers, the average motorist who drives home after work or has a night on the town is just as susceptible to drowsy driving as truck drivers. Researchers contend that fatigued driving is not simply a trucker problem, but has now developed into a social issue in the United States. However, accidents involving trucks still tend to be more serious due to their size and weight, and truck driver fatigue has been pinpointed as the cause of the 2014 fatal accidentthat killed a passenger in a limousine in which comedian Tracy Morgan was also riding.

Those who have been injured in a car accident caused by a fatigued driver often face high medical bills and a loss of income when unable to return to work. A personal injury attorney might assist an injured client by using accident investigation reports and other evidence to establish negligence on the part of the responsible driver. The attorney can then prepare and file a lawsuit seeking damages for the losses that have been sustained.

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