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Young and the reckless: Teens more likely to doze and drive

A recent study done by AAA has found something alarming. More young drivers are falling asleep at the wheel. It's a potentially deadly problem, and one that doesn't get enough attention. It can devastate families and take lives, and there are ways to prevent it from happening.

While one in 10 licensed drivers admit they've dozed off behind the wheel at least once in the last 12 months, one in seven drivers between 16 and 24 years of age admitted to nodding off during that same time period. That's a significant increase from older drivers and something that has to be carefully considered. Data from car accidents shows that young drivers are 78% more likely to be tired when involved in a crash than drivers who are between the ages of 40 and 49.

Driving drowsy is a leading contributor to crashes, with one in six deadly crashes happening because someone fell asleep at the wheel. Nearly 80% of people surveyed say that driving drowsy is dangerous, but a large number of them admit that they have done it themselves. With the holidays fast approaching and more people on the roads, this is an issue that needs attention now.

Anyone who has been injured by a sleepy driver and needs representation should know that there is help available, and they are not alone. There are many crashes each year that involve drowsy drivers, and the more education that is offered about this problem the higher the chance people will take heed and get enough sleep before they drive and doze.

Source: Fox News. "AAA study finds young drivers nodding off behind the wheel," Suzanne Kane, November 14, 2012

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