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What to do about the danger of drowsy driving

A AAA study from 2018 analyzed video footage of drivers just before they were in an accident, and based on that, researchers concluded that 9.5% of all accidents are caused by sleepy drivers. Residents of Florida should be aware of just how dangerous it is to be drowsy behind the wheel. They should also know how the dangers can be sidestepped.

It all begins with following the CDC's recommendation for at least seven hours of sleep each night. There is a sleep disorder, though, that can create issues even when one technically sleeps for the recommended time. It's called obstructive sleep apnea, and it leads to continual snoring and interrupted sleep. Those who suspect they have OSA may wish to consult their doctor.

Various prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as sleep aids, blood pressure medications and antidepressants, will create drowsiness. Unfortunately, many who take sleep aids ignore their directions, which usually state that one must sleep for seven to eight hours before driving. Following directions and asking the doctor for a change in dosage timing are the solutions.

Drowsy driving may be unavoidable during long trips, which is why having a companion to take over is important. The companion could also keep one alert through conversation. In cases of extreme drowsiness, drivers should pull over for a nap.

Drowsiness will naturally make a driver inattentive, which means a higher risk for a car accident. Since drowsy and inattentive driving is a form of negligence, those who are the victims may be eligible for compensation. What they will be doing is filing a third-party insurance claim: a step normally best taken with a lawyer. Most personal injury lawyers might utilize a network of investigators and others to work on the case before they are ready to negotiate.

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