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Sleepy Driving Causes Risk and Potential Injury to Drivers

October 16, 2013 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

Driving fatigue is a psychological and physiological event that can affect any driver. The impact of fatigue can cause strain on the vehicle's driver and creates a potential for a motor vehicle accident, which can cause injury to the driver and other vehicles on the road. The risks associated with driver fatigue have a large impact on motor vehicle accidents in the United States. A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims fatigue or sleep related collisions cause 56,000 accidents per year, which cause 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. Fatigue can also increase the likeliness of a driver engaging in risk-taking behavior, increasing the chances of a motor vehicle accident. In addition, sleepy drivers also risk personal and economic costs. Motor vehicle accidents can result in financial settlements against the driver for the victims of the accident. Driver Fatigue Symptoms can be Identified and Prevented The symptoms of driver fatigue are:

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