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Increased Nighttime Accidents Could Be Caused By Shift Workers

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2022 | Car Accidents

Those who work overnight may be at a higher risk of a condition called Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD). This condition may make them more likely to get into motor vehicle accidents while traveling to work on Virginia highways. There are several reasons why those who work late evening or overnight hours may be more likely to experience fatigue or drowsiness while operating their motor vehicles.

Millions may have SWSD

It’s estimated that up to 40% of shift workers may experience symptoms of SWSD. The high percentage means that 10 million people may be at a higher risk of getting into car accidents while traveling compared to those who have a night sleep schedule. As a rule, those with this condition tend to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep during the day. Sleep-deprived drivers are more likely to have difficulty processing information or retaining control of their vehicles. Sometimes, they may fall asleep while their cars are in motion.

Other conditions can further enhance your risk

Researchers discovered that those who have insomnia or sleep apnea are even more likely to struggle to get adequate rest. Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep caused by stress or exposure to too hot or loud environments. Sleep apnea is when you may stop breathing many times while trying to rest. Each time you stop breathing, your sleep is interrupted to address the issue.

You may receive compensation if you are involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver. Insurance payments or legally enforced compensation may help you pay medical bills, the cost of replacing a vehicle or other charges incurred due to someone else’s reckless behavior.