Sleep deprivation is a well-documented risk factor for car crashes. Several statistics and studies have found that drowsy people are more likely to be in car accidents. Simply put, driving when you are drowsy is dangerous. It is just the same as driving under the influence (alcohol and/or drugs). Driving when you are sleep deprived puts not just your life but also the lives of others at risk.
Sleep deprivation is a common problem today. When a person gets less than 6 hours of sleep (doctors recommend 7-9 hours of sleep every day), a person is said to be sleep-deprived. The effects of sleep deprivation affect young people more than the elderly because as you grow older your body needs less sleep. That is why in most of the car accidents caused by sleep deprivation, it is usually a young person behind the wheels.
The commonest causes of sleep deprivation are-
Sleep keeps our body and minds healthy and active. When you do not get enough sleep, the first effect is felt in the way your brain works. Every cognitive ability is affected by lack of sleep. Your brain cleanses its cells when you are asleep. And when you don’t sleep enough, the cellular waste keeps building up and this slows down the function of the cells. The brain cells and nerves cannot communicate information to the rest of your body.
Hence, you experience-
Extreme sleep deprivation can also affect your ability to coordinate your limbs and eyes.
Since a person is not completely in control of his/her motor skills and can’t focus on the task at hand (driving), the likelihood of causing an accident shoots up. Some sleep-deprived people even fall asleep behind the wheel.
In most cases of road accidents caused by sleep deprivation, the driver is considered at fault. Fatigued driving is a growing problem in Canada. Every driver is legally expected to do everything necessary to ensure that he/she is exercising maximum caution while driving. This includes getting enough sleep and being well-rested so that a person can operate a vehicle safely and pose no threat to the life of others.
That is why, if a person causes an accident despite knowing that he/she was sleep-deprived, it is considered to be a case of personal injury and the victim can claim compensation for the damages (physical and psychological) sustained.
There are a few things you must do right after the accident that will help your personal injury lawyers build a strong case and procure you the compensation you deserve for treatment and therapy of your injuries, disruption of livelihood, emotional trauma, and loss of income (if you lose your job or cannot go back to work).
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