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Tired drivers could pose a risk for rideshare passengers

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, those who drive for ridesharing companies may do so while experiencing a variety of health issues. For example, they could be prone to driving while tired because they are sleep deprived or develop problems maintaining a normal circadian rhythm. In addition, drivers may not be screened for health problems that make them less alert while behind the wheel.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that roughly 328,000 crashes occur each year involving drowsy drivers. Of those crashes, 109,000 result in a driver or passenger getting hurt. One of the senior authors of the AASM position statement says that tired driving is a public safety issue for both drivers and passengers alike. She said that passengers may not even stop to consider how tired their drivers are before hailing a ride.

Drivers themselves may not understand the danger of driving while tired, and they may believe that they don't need sleep to be an effective driver. While Uber and Lyft have instituted mandatory breaks after drivers hit 12 and 14 hours of service, respectively, this might not be enough to solve the problem. This is because drivers could work other jobs or drive for more than one company at a time.

Motor vehicle accidents that are caused by drowsy drivers could result in injuries or death to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Those who are hurt in in an accident may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, lost future earnings and other costs related to their accident injuries. An attorney may review a case to determine if driver fatigue was the main cause of the crash. This may be done by reviewing police reports or statements given to police by the driver.

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