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Fatigue as dangerous as alcohol

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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" Driver fatigue, or driving drowsy, is listed as the cause of about 820 crashes annual in British Columbia according to the most recent ( 2007 - 2011) police reported data. These result in about 560 injuries and 17 fatalities every year.... The figures could actually be higher as, unlike impaired driving, there is no (legal) test for drowsiness." - so says Bob McHugh in a February 15/13 article published in The Province newspaper.

Until recently no one really considered the scope of the "fatigued driver" problem on the roads of British Columbia. However, quite clearly this is an issue that needs to be front and center when it comes to road safety.

Research from a variety of sources appears to indicate that North Americans on the whole are not getting adequate sleep (adequate sleep being defined as something in the order of 7 to 9 hours per night). Moreover, the number of  people being diagnosed with sleep related disorders such as sleep apnea appears to be on the rise.

 So it doesn't take much imagination to appreciate that the driving skills of an individual who isn't getting "adequate" sleep are going to be impacted.

Feel free to contact me at my office if you want to get more information regarding the relationship between "driver fatigue" issues and your ICBC injury claim.

Jeff Witten




Category: Car Accidents

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