ABC News has declared the United States a “nation of tired people” following a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
According to the report, an estimated 50 million to 70 million U.S. adults experience chronic sleep disorders which leads to daytime nodding off. This may lead to trouble with your boss but it can lead to even more serious trouble if it occurs when you are driving.
Most of us believe that there are a lot more fall asleep crashes than reported,” said Dr. Allan Pack, director of the Center for Sleep at University of Pennsylvania. “This is probably just the tip of the iceberg. It’s probably not reported accurately because a number of states don’t even having a ‘falling asleep while driving’ tick in the box when reporting a car crash. I’m not sure that people understand the biology of all this. I think people believe that if they cut back on their sleep there is no real consequence. Everyone knows the dangers of alcohol, but I don’t think people understand the dangers of drowsy driving.
In a survey conducted for the study, about one in 20 participants admitted that they had dozed off while driving at least once in a month.
This can lead to someone veering off of the road. But unfortunately, it also leads to horrible and tragic accidents if the car enters another lane. If you’ve recently been injured due to the negligence of another, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury lawyers at the Christensen Law Firm can help. They offer free consultations, peace of mind, and excellent results. Contact them today at 801-506-0800.