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Many fatal traffic accidents result from insomniac drivers

At Grimes and Fertitta, we have helped many families deal with the sudden death of a loved one through a fatal traffic accident. As such, we understand how difficult it can be to come to terms with such losses. In many cases, a big part of these families’ healing processes is uncovering why the accident occurred.

According to a medical study published in Sleep, insomnia symptoms have been linked with an increase in traffic fatalities. This study explains that drivers displaying three insomnia symptoms are nearly three times as likely to suffer fatal injuries. The symptoms tracked in the study are:

  • Problems initiating sleep
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Feeling that sleep was not restful

Chronic difficulty with falling asleep was the symptom most strongly linked to death. Thirty-four percent of traffic deaths are attributed to this warning sign.

The study’s lead author comments that these results indicate that many fatal traffic accidents may be preventable. As such, efforts to increase public awareness about the condition may play a significant role in lowering unintentional traffic fatalities.

According the study’s authors, if insomnia is recognized and addressed properly, it is often a manageable condition. The report notes that those suffering from insomnia may not even need pharmacological therapies. In many cases, insomniacs may reap substantial benefits from improving their sleep hygiene. This may involve small behavioral adjustments, such as setting regular bed times and refraining from using electronic devices prior to going to bed.

For additional information on fatal motor vehicle accidents, please see our page on auto accidents. 

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