NEW JERSEY CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS: NIGHT SHIFT WORKERS AT INCREASED RISK OF DROWSY DRIVING

It stands to reason that working the night shift would lead to sleepiness. A recent report by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) shed new light on the dangers night-shift workers face – and the danger they pose to others – when returning home, New Jersey personal injury lawyers note. According to the study, published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 40% of participants were more likely to be involved in a near-crash event after a full night of work, whereas those same participants had no near-crashes when tested on the same closed track after receiving a full night’s sleep.

An author of the study notes that the night shift drivers experienced delayed reaction times similar to those displayed by drunk drivers, and that there was little distinction to be made between workers who were new to the night shift and those who had grown accustomed to such work. Moreover, the research demonstrates that the longer the drive the greater the likelihood of an accident occurring.

Most night shift workers will attempt to catch-up on sleep upon their return home but everyday responsibilities – such as childcare or housework – often interfere. Additionally, night shift workers must fight their own internal circadian rhythm, which encourages rest during the overnight hours and wakefulness during the day. Because night shift workers lose approximately two hours of sleep each night, in any given week they will lose the equivalent of nearly two nights’ sleep as compared to their day-shift counterparts.

BWH’s study urges night shift workers to seek out alternative forms of transportation, such as a taxi or a bus, when returning home. Additionally, the study suggests that night shift employees should limit their drive duration whenever possible. Drowsy driving causes an estimated 100,000 car crashes each year, resulting in more than 1,500 deaths according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NEW JERSEY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AT EICHEN CRUTCHLOW ZASLOW & MCELROY REPRESENT VICTIMS OF DROWSY DRIVING CAR ACCIDENTS

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, contact New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy. We represent personal injury clients throughout the region, and you may be entitled to compensation. Call 732-777-0100 or complete our online questionnaire to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Red Bank, Edisonor Toms River, New Jersey.

It stands to reason that working the night shift would lead to sleepiness. A recent report by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) shed new light on the dangers night-shift workers face – and the danger they pose to others – when returning home,  rel=”nofollow” >New Jersey personal injury lawyers note. According to the study, published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 40% of participants were more likely to be involved in a near-crash event after a full night of work, whereas those same participants had no near-crashes when tested on the same closed track after receiving a full night’s sleep.

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