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Does Working the Night Shift Increase the Likelihood of a Car Accident?

Nighttime Crashes

A recent study at the University of Missouri reveals that night shift workers are at a much higher risk of having a car accident than other drivers with sleep issues. Published in Safety Science, the researchers showed data collected as part of the second Strategic Highway Research Program, which was commissioned by Congress. The researchers examined the data on driving incidents between 2006 and 2015.

The study compared shift work drivers with sleep trouble to drivers who had two other established sleep issues: sleep apnea and insomnia. The data showed that drivers who worked non-traditional hours were more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash.

Drivers with sleep apnea or insomnia experienced 30 percent increase in their risk of car accidents or near-crashes than those without sleep issues. The study concluded that those suffering from shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) were at a 300 percent higher risk than that of the average driver.

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What are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle riding can be enjoyable, but it can also be dangerous. Motorcycle riding is the riskiest mode of transportation in the United States. Motorcycle riders and passengers are vulnerable to serious and catastrophic injuries or death every time they are on the road. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

When a motorcycle accident involves other vehicles, more than one-half take place at intersections, and more than two-thirds of at-fault drivers say that they did not see the motorcycle, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Motorcycle riders and passengers are at a higher risk for injury than passenger vehicle occupants.

Motorcycle riders can wear safety equipment, such as helmets and leg protection, to help lessen the impact of accidents.

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What are Common Causes of Car Accidents?

Common Causes of Car Accidents

On average, there are approximately six million car accidents each year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When a car accident occurs, it can lead to a variety of damages for the victim and their family, including lost wages, expensive medical bills, vehicular damage, and pain and suffering.

Drivers have a duty of care to other motorists on the road. When a driver breaches this duty of care and it results in an accident, they can be held liable for any damages that result. A driver can breach this duty of care in many ways, including distracted driving, driver fatigue, impaired driving, and reckless driving. Victims should contact a lawyer to help recover their entitled compensation for damages from the accident.

Distracted Driving

When a person is behind the wheel, it is crucial that they stay cautious and focused on the road.

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