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Sleep apnea and motor vehicle crashes

There are many risk factors which can cause a motor vehicle collision, from driving while intoxicated to inclement weather such as blizzards and heavy rain. With that said, some people suffer from medical conditions which can also increase the chances of a wreck, such as sleep apnea. For those who have sleep apnea, it is essential to understand how this condition can affect driving and seek treatment right away. Unfortunately, some drivers ignore the risks associated with sleep apnea and claim that it does not affect their driving.

Although some people who suffer from sleep apnea claim that it does not have any impact on their ability to drive, this condition can interfere with driving abilities in many ways. Drowsy driving is a serious concern and many people have lost their lives or sustained severe injuries in a crash caused by a drowsy driver. Those who have poor sleep habits and are not getting the amount of sleep they need may be less alert on the road and have their driving performance negatively affected in other ways.

Fortunately, many people have been able to treat their sleep apnea and not only reduce their chances of causing a crash but improve their lives in other ways. However, some refuse to seek treatment and continue to put lives at risk by getting behind the wheel while struggling with fatigue, even if they do not recognize it.

Be sure to visit our law office’s car collision webpage to go over more on traffic accident injuries.

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