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How working at night may make driving more dangerous

Those who work night shifts in Michigan may be at a higher risk of getting into an accident even if they drive home during the day. According to a study done by Brigham and Women's Hospital, this may be because their work patterns interrupt their wake-sleep cycle. It may also cause them to sleep less at night, which may result in drowsiness.

Individuals who work at night are advised to find alternate transportation home in the morning as even a short commute home could be dangerous for them and others on the road. Doing so may guard against the many side effects of drowsy driving. The study itself featured 16 people who worked night shifts on a closed track. On the first night, the workers drove after getting roughly 7.6 hours of sleep the night before. The next night, they were tested immediately after getting out of work.

On the second night, 37.5 percent of drivers were involved in near crashes. For more than one-third of the drivers, testing had to be halted through emergency braking while roughly half of the drivers eventually lost control of their vehicles. Researchers were able to spot the impacts of drowsy driving in many drivers in as little as 15 minutes.

Those who are hurt in a crash with a negligent driver receive compensation for their injuries. This may include money for medical bills or to make up lost wages or future earnings. In many cases, drivers who are tired when they cause an accident may be considered negligent. An attorney may use driver statements or employment records to show that a person was working for several hours prior to driving. This may be enough to verify that drowsy driving contributed to a crash.

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