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The Effects of Partial and Total Sleep Deprivation on Driving Performance

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than two-thirds of adults have a sleep-related problem and 23% have actually fallen asleep while driving. Many sleep-deprived people believe that they can function well with only a few hours of sleep each night, over a lengthy period of time. That assumption is erroneous. Sleep deprivation can have a significant, negative impact on mental and physical performance, including driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in the four years between 1989 and 1993, driver drowsiness and fatigue was a contributing factor in a 100,000 crashes per year on Unites States highways. Accordingly, while we often hear "don't drink and drive", we should also consider "don't drive without a good night's sleep".

The necessity to obtain adequate sleep while driving is so well known that Federal regulations require tractor trailer and other over-the-road drivers to rest and log the amount of rest they received and maintain and submit those logs to their employer. Clients involved in collisions with tractor trailers therefore frequently result in the lawyers of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. demanding that the logs that record the amount of time the driver was on the road and the amount of time the driver rested. Accordingly, if you or a loved one was involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, call the law offices of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a consultation with an attorney experienced in these matters.