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Sleep Deprivation and Car Accident - Your ICBC Injury Claim

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Research supports the assertion that there's a direct connection between sleep deprivation and car accident.

According to the Traffic Research Center the the following impairments flow from sleep deprivation:

1. Slow reaction time - sleep deprivation impacts reflexes and as a result driver reaction time increases;

2. Decreased concentration - tiredness negatively impacts a drivers attention span;

3. Information processing - tiredness diminishes mental and psychomotrs skills.

So, what type of things have an effect on a driver's tiredness ?

A. The amount of time a driver has spent on the road - It's just common senses that a driver who has been on the road for a number of hours is less alert then a driver who is well rested;

B. The amount of sleep a driver has had the night before - research clearly shows that drivers who have had less than adequate sleep are at greater risk of being involved in a car accident than those who get a good nights sleep;

C. Sleep disorders - Sleep apnea and narcolepsy have been show to be significant risk factors when it comes to drivers who're involved in auto accidents

If responsibility for your car accident is being contested, you need to investigate the issue of possible sleep deprivation on the part of the other driver involved in your accident. This issue might be a key factor when it comes to determining who was responsible.

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