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Drunk driving accidents when drivers fall asleep

In many cases, drunk drivers who cause accidents are fully awake for those crashes. They may be confused, they may not be operating at an optimal mental state, and they may not remember the crash the next day, but they are awake when it happens.

In other cases, though, they actually cause accidents because they fall asleep behind the wheel. Alcohol is a depressant, after all, which means it slows your mind and body down. The National Sleep Foundation actually claims that about 1 out of every 5 Americans uses alcohol as a deliberate sleep aid. When they can't sleep, they drink to make it easier.

It stands to reason that the same issue could impact drivers in Illinois. After arrests or accidents, people often claim that they felt like it was safe to drive because they're "good" drunk drivers. Well, it doesn't matter how well you can drive if you pass out behind the wheel.

There's also the issue of consistent drinking and the changes it can cause to your sleep schedule. It reduces the quality of sleep and the quantity that many people get. This leaves them feeling fatigued and irritable in the morning.

What this means is that someone who drinks habitually may never really be in good condition to drive, no matter when they had their last drink. Simply drowsy driving causes many accidents, too. When they also drive while actively intoxicated, it just raises the risks all over again.

If you get hit by a drunk driver or someone who fell asleep at the wheel, you must know what legal options you have to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other costs.

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