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Drowsy driving is less dangerous than aggressive driving

Drowsy driving is very dangerous, and it gets a fair amount of press, especially when it comes to truck drivers. However, some studies have shown that aggressive driving is actually a bigger issue.

The study looked at drivers who had crashed and compared them to those who had not. Those who had crashed at least once -- the study also included those with multiple accidents -- were:

-- 2.05 times as likely to make errors in judgement, when compared to those who had not crashed.

-- 2.23 times as likely to feel overly tired behind the wheel.

-- A full 6.50 times as likely to drive aggressively.

The study by no means suggests that drowsy driving or errors in judgment aren't an issue. Clearly, those who had these factors presented a much higher accident risk than those who did not.

However, the risk from aggressive driving was about three times as high as either one, clearly standing out in the group. This suggests that the best way to avoid accidents is for drivers to simply change their mindset behind the wheel, focusing on safety and careful driving.

This isn't that easy to do, for some drivers. They may be aggressive trying to make deadlines and get to their destinations on time. They may drive aggressively when they get angry after other drivers make mistakes. There are many factors that play into this mindset.

That said, they're very likely to cause accidents that can leave others with serious injuries. If you've been hurt and you're facing high medical bills, be sure you know if you have a right to financial compensation.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Beware the Aggressive Truck Driver," accessed April 20, 2017

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