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Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

Although drunk driving still kills tens of thousands of Americans every year, awareness campaigns and enforcement of strict drunk driving laws have gradually reduced the number of fatalities. Yet many people are unaware that sleeping drivers are also responsible for thousands of deaths yearly. Driving while sleep-deprived can decrease a driver’s alertness and reaction time, potentially leading to highly dangerous accidents.

In severe cases, drowsy drivers may actually fall asleep at the wheel. When this occurs, innocent drivers and passengers can be placed in serious danger. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a fatigued driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Call Rhinelander car accident attorneys Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.

The Effects of Sleeplessness

Adequate sleep is an essential part of remaining healthy. Going without sleep for several days can cause psychosis and even death. Individuals who are chronically sleep-deprived, getting significantly less than their necessary amount of sleep each night, tend to be in worse health and have shorter life expectancies than people who do sleep enough.

It has been demonstrated that sleep-deprived individuals are just as incapable of performing complex tasks and responding to changing conditions as intoxicated drivers. Sleep-deprived drivers exhibit many of the same signs as drunk drivers, including swerving between lanes, missing exits, and failing to notice and respond to dangers. Sleep-deprived drivers have even reported dreaming vividly while behind the wheel.

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If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, losses, and suffering. The compassionate Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you stand up for your rights. To learn more, contact us today at 800-242-2874.

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