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When it comes to driving risks, we know that the condition of the driver plays a large role. If a driver is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, he or she becomes a far worse and far more dangerous driver. If a driver is distracted behind the wheel, their skills and reaction times diminish. Even someone with a lot of experience, who considers themselves a “good” driver could cause an accident under these conditions.

However, the same thing is true for drowsy driving. This is one condition that people often overlook when talking about the dangers on the road.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do identify this as a dangerous condition, though. They note that it makes it harder for people to stay focused and alert when driving, two things that can lead directly to accidents. Drivers who experience surprising events — like coming over a hill to find a traffic jam — have worse reaction times and may crash when they’re tired, even if a fully awake driver would not have. The CDC even says that decision-making abilities are impaired, meaning someone may make poor decisions while tired when they would have made wise decisions when feeling more awake.

This isn’t to take away from the seriousness of distracted driving or drunk driving, but just to show that drowsy driving is something that must be considered in the same vein. It is a very similar issue and does cause car crashes in New Haven County and New London County. Those who suffer serious injuries in these accidents need to know what legal options they have.