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Why is drowsy driving dangerous?

Many drivers on Pennsylvania roadways are busy and stressed, making it difficult for them to focus on one task at a time. For commercial truck drivers, they have the added pressure of needing to make a living while on the roadway. While many drivers are cautious, others bend the rules in order to get everything in their busy lives done. For some, this means skipping sleep in order to spend more time on the roadways, resulting in driver fatigue.

Many people may not see an issue with type of behavior. In fact, some may even ask -- why is drowsy driving so dangerous?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving leads to serious car and truck accidents. NHTSA data shows that between 2.2 and 2.6 percent of all fatal accidents between 2005 and 2009 were caused by fatigued drivers. In total, more than 5,000 people were killed in drowsy driving crashes during this time. Additionally, drowsy driving accounted for between two and 2.3 percent of all injury-causing accidents from 2005 to 2009.

These statistics show just how dangerous a tired driver can be. To help to prevent commercial truck drivers from over extending themselves, there are federal regulations in place to limit the amount of driving a person can do. However, some drivers choose to ignore these rules. When these rules are ignored and a collision occurs, truck accident victims may have the right to take legal action.

With the help and specific advice an attorney can provide, truck accident victims can get a better understanding if they are entitled to compensation. While this blog post can only provide general information, an attorney can give specific advice on whether or not a person is entitled to compensation because of a tired driver.

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