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CDC Study Finds 1 in 24 People Have Fallen Asleep While Driving

By Alpert Schreyer on January 9, 2013

A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that while drunk and distracted drivers are major dangers on the road, those who fall asleep while driving are not only dangerous, they are common. The study, as reported on by CBS, has found that one in 24 U.S. adults have admitted that they have recently fallen asleep while behind the wheel.

Through a telephone survey of 147,000 adults that covered 19 states and Washington, D.C., it was found that approximately four percent of all adults in the nation fell asleep at least once while driving in the past month. The study also found that men between the ages of 25 and 34, people who slept less than six hours per night, and Texans were more likely to fall asleep at the wheel.

Researchers have stated that the amount of drowsy drivers may actually be higher, as many do not realize that they have fallen asleep. While drivers believe that opening a window, turning up the radio, and blasting the air conditioning can keep them alert and prevent falling asleep, researchers say the safest thing to do is to pull over and take a 15 to 20 minute nap.

Those with the study believe that many drivers are not getting enough sleep every night, increasing the chances that they will be in danger of falling asleep. Health officials with the CDC suggest that everyone sleep from seven to nine hours each night, not drink alcohol before driving, and treat any sleeping disorder they may have.

Drowsy drivers can cause major crashes that result in severe injuries. However, there is hope for those who have been injured by reckless or negligent drivers. At Alpert Schreyer, our attorneys work to aid victims in proving fault and finding the compensation they need to recover and move forward with their lives. To learn more about how we can aid you, contact us online today or call (844) 632-7274.

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