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Drowsy driving shown to be serious safety problem

Drowsy and tired drivers pose one of the most serious dangers to people on Kentucky roadways. A 2015 survey conducted by AAA has revealed that the problem may be even more widespread than had previously been thought.

In the AAA survey, approximately 43 percent of all drivers who responded admitted to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once in their lives. Nearly 40 percent of the drivers surveyed who were between the ages of 19 and 24 said that they had had trouble staying awake behind the wheel during the preceding month, while more than 31 percent of the respondents overall said the same thing.

The administrator of the National Highway Traffic Administration appeared at the Asleep at the Wheel forum in Washington, D.C., to provide pertinent facts demonstrating the prevalence of drowsy driving. He estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 lives are lost every year around the country because of drowsy driving. He also stated that nearly 40 percent of all major highway investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board between 2001 and 2012 found drowsy driving to be a factor.

A person who is injured by a driver's careless actions such as driving while sleep-deprived or texting and driving may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss how to proceed. If the amount offered by the negligent driver's insurer is insufficient, the attorney may find it advisable to file a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking damages for the medical expernses, lost wages and other losses that the injured victim has incurred.

Source: WTOP, "Wake-up call: Alarming number of motorists confess to drowsy driving", Nov. 4, 2015

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