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Driver fatigue common among commercial drivers and dangerous

Sleepy drivers on Connecticut roadways contribute to car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identified drowsy driving as an emerging threat to road safety in addition to drunk driving and distracted driving.

Researchers found that exhausted drivers could be just as dangerous as intoxicated drivers because of the injuries and death that resulted from their accidents. Commercial truck drivers and public transit workers are particularly prone to exhaustion on the job due to demanding hours. The schedules of truck drivers require them to cover long distances within deadlines. They must also work through the night sometimes.

Long shifts and the taking on of extra shifts by public transit workers increased their chances of driving while drowsy. A 2012 study by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that 20 percent of train operators and 14 percent of truck drivers admitted to almost having accidents because they were tired.

When a person is injured in a car accident, emergency room visits and even hospitalization are common. Medical bills and lost income due to time away from work impose financial burdens on an injured person. The recovery of these damages might be possible if another driver in the car accident can be shown to be negligent. An attorney could evaluate an accident report to help an injured person determine if negligence, such as drinking and driving or speeding, was present. When negligence can be identified in another driver, an injured person has a right to make a personal injury claim. An attorney could inform the person about the types of compensation that can be attributed to the accident and prepare the lawsuit. The attorney could also provide support during negotiations with an insurance company.

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