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Study shows collegians downplay danger of being drowsy drivers

There are numerous known dangers on the road in Staten Island and people must be cognizant of them to remain safe and avoid being in collisions. Since auto accidents can cause so many different problems and life changes, it is imperative to know what steps to take after they have happened. One important factor is gathering how and why the accident happened in the first place. If it was due to drowsy drivers, this can be a key issue in a possible legal filing.

Because younger drivers are known to be prone to driving while distracted, making reckless maneuvers, exhibiting negligence and driving under the influence, it is wise to watch out for them. Another problem that is gaining attention and was recently studied is drowsy drivers. One study examined how college students view drowsy driving and found that they view it as unavoidable and not a major risk. They also do not see it as a legal violation. This while drowsy drivers are known to be as dangerous as driving under the influence.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that there are an estimated 300,000 auto accidents because of drowsy driving on an annual basis. Around 6,400 lead to fatalities. The leader of the study conducted at the University of Maryland says that more and more people are realizing the risks involved with drowsy driving. The study had four focus groups with undergraduate students. They took part in a survey about driving behaviors like driving under the influence and using a smartphone behind the wheel. In general, they viewed themselves as safe drivers. However, they stated that drowsy driving was not a major legal violation since there is no testing for it and it was hard to tell how drowsy is too drowsy to drive.

After a car crash, the obvious causes that are frequently cited will be the first thought that comes to mind for the victims. They might not consider drowsy drivers as a major problem. In truth, it is a common cause for auto accidents. With the medical costs, lost income, and lost companionship that often accompany a car accident with injuries and fatalities, those who were involved or lost a loved one should make certain to discuss a legal case with an attorney experienced with motor vehicle accidents.

Source: reuters.com, "College students see drowsy driving as legally safe," Carolyn Crist, Jan. 10, 2018

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