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Driving Sick May be as Dangerous as Driving Drunk

By Alpert Schreyer on January 19, 2012

According to newly released results of a United Kingdom-based study by car insurance company Young Marmalade and Cardiff University, drivers who operate their vehicles while suffering from a cold or flu can be as dangerous as those who drink and drive. According to ABC News, the study found that the skills of sick drivers dropped by approximately 50 percent while suffering from their illness.

While full results from the study have not been disclosed, the reports indicate that those who are under the weather can experience a slowing in reaction time and major loss of concentration that has been compared by the study’s researchers to someone operating his or her vehicle after drinking four double whiskeys. Depending on the seriousness of a driver’s illness, the altering of a driver’s concentration, reaction, mood, and judgment and may become an auto accident cause.

It is important for all Maryland drivers to be aware of their physical, emotional, and mental condition before getting behind the wheel of a car. No matter the reason, if any of these are in a poor state, a driver is much more likely to endanger him- or herself, as well as those nearby. Before choosing to drive, make sure that you will not affect the safety of those around you

Even though drivers may choose to exercise safety and good decisions while driving, the negligence and recklessness of other drivers may put them in danger of a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland crash due to another driver’s careless actions, the College Park car accident injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can win compensation for your losses. Contact us today at (844) 632-7274.

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