Drowsy driving underreported problem in New York

According to many private research organizations and government agencies, drowsy driving has become a serious public safety issue. In 2011, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which provides factors regarding traffic deaths, claim that two percent of fatal accidents were caused by a driver falling asleep or being fatigued while driving.

The two percent describes the auto accidents where there is a clear indication of drowsy driving. However, approximately 73 percent of fatal accidents list drowsiness as a possible factor, not an official cause, says a research director with AAA. Although laws to punish drowsy drivers are in progress around the county, three groups have launched an awareness and educational campaign to stop drowsy driving. According to an epidemiologist with the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of drowsiness include yawning, blinking more than usual and having trouble staying awake, while driving drowsiness includes not being able to remember the last few miles driven and hitting a rumble strip.

If drivers experience any of the above, they should pull over and find an area where they can sleep. However, if they can't do that, officials suggest drivers drink a caffeinated beverage and nap until the caffeine starts to work. Unfortunately, remedies like opening windows, exercising and loud music doesn't work.

If someone has been injured by a drowsy driver, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. A personal injury lawyer may help someone seek compensation for such things as medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and any other losses caused by the injuries.

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