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Why drowsy driving can be a hazard

Drunk driving and distracted driving are two taboos that garner a great deal of public service announcements, especially with Labor Day weekend approaching. Both can lead to criminal penalties in the state of South Carolina and both cause thousands of crashes each year. At the same time, drowsy driving is not decried in the same way, even though it can be just as dangerous.

Indeed, federal law limits the number of hours that truck drivers can be behind the wheel because of the potential for sleepy semi-truck drivers to cause catastrophic accidents. However, these limitations do not apply to the general public who drive non-commercial passenger vehicles. Nevertheless, the danger that can come about because of drowsy driving still remains. 

According to a National Sleep Foundation study, more than half of all adult drivers have driven a car while sleepy. More importantly, a third of the drivers surveyed indicated that they have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Even more troubling, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the 100,000 accidents reported by the police each year are due to driver fatigue. These accidents result in more than 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries each year.

If you have been injured by a drowsy driver, chances are that you may be eligible to seek compensation from the offending driver. Essentially, you may seek compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. A lawsuit stemming from a drowsy driving accident can be a complicated process. So if you have questions about your rights and options, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

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