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When it’s sleepy time in Connecticut

One of the best coaches ever in the sport of hockey was Herb Brooks. Famous for his team’s Olympic victory over the “greatest hockey team in the world” in 1980, he was immortalized in the 2004 film, Miracle. From his iconic command, “Again,” as he had the team performing near-endless sprints to his pre-game speech before the Soviet game when he said, “Great moments are born from great opportunity,” Herb Brooks was an inspiration.

Unfortunately, we lost Herb Brooks to a car crash. It was a single-car accident and neither drugs nor alcohol were involved. Herb Brooks fell asleep at the wheel.

Drowsy driving kills

Similar to alcohol-impaired driving, drowsiness leads to slower reaction times, impaired attention, slower mental processing, questionable judgment and impaired decision making. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, annually on average from 2009 to 2013, there were over 72,000 police-reported crashes involving drowsy drivers. These crashes resulted in injuries to more than an estimated 41,000 people and killed over 800 people.

Every hour of lost sleep counts

A recent report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that a driver who sleeps just five or six hours in a 24-hour period is more than twice as likely to crash as a driver who gets seven hours of sleep or more. Even worse, if you get less than four hours of sleep, the risk increases to 11.5 times the crash rate.

Tips for drowsy drivers

If you’re feeling drowsy and have trouble keeping your eyes open, get off the road and take a nap. On a long drive, taking a 10- to 20-minute nap every couple of hours has enormous benefits regarding your ability to drive safely.

If you or a loved one is injured by a drowsy driver, life can get extraordinarily complicated in a heartbeat. Lost time at work, hospital stays and medical bills, police reports and insurance claims can threaten to overwhelm the best of us. An experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through the process and help you recover financial compensation for lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses and damages.

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