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Is "drowsy driving" just as dangerous as drunk driving?

South Florida residents are probably used to seeing news reports about drunk driving arrests in the local area, as well as car accidents that are caused by drunk drivers. It is a sad reality that, despite the best efforts of government entities and non-profit corporations to raise awareness, thousands of Florida residents engage in this dangerous conduct every year. But, is there something else out there that drivers should be aware of? According to a recent news article, the answer is a definite "yes": drowsy driving.

The recent article noted that drowsy drivers can be every bit as dangerous as drunk drivers: they are less alert and their reaction times may be slower. The result? Dangerous driver conduct, such as failing to follow traffic laws, swerving in their lanes and putting pedestrians and other drivers in danger.

On top of the similarity in the danger-level that exists between drowsy driving and drunk driving, there is some evidence that many people engage in drowsy driving willingly, just like drunk driving. For these individuals, it is a choice to get behind the wheel of a car, even when they know that they probably should not be doing so.

Whether it is drunk driving or drowsy driving, when these drivers cause an accident that leads to injuries, the law has another term for the conduct: negligence. And, when a negligent driver in Florida is responsible for one of these accidents, the injured parties may be able to attempt to pursue financial compensation from the driver.

Source: msn.com, "Drowsy Driving Kills Nearly as Many People as Drunk Driving-So Why Aren't We Talking About It?," Nina Bahadur, Feb. 13, 2018

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