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Is caffeine an effective solution to driver drowsiness?

Getting plenty of sleep is important so we can effectively take on our many responsibilities. One of the most critical responsibilities that many of us share is driving safely. And while it is no secret that it is more likely for someone to be involved in an automobile accident if he or she drives while drowsy, many people still get behind the wheel lacking the rest they need.

But some drivers try to find ways to circumvent their drowsiness. For example, they may think simply consuming some caffeine will make them fine to drive.

But will having a cup of coffee or a can of soda really counteract their sleep deprivation? Well, a dose of caffeine may give them a feeling of alertness, but the effect is only good for two or three hours. Further, it can take a half an hour for caffeine to get into a person?s bloodstream.

Even after having consumed caffeine, a driver can be vulnerable to experiencing what are called "micro-sleeps." A micro-sleep is a very brief period of sleep, which only lasts a few seconds. A lot of ground can be covered in a short time when driving at a high rate of speed. A driver who is not conscious for even the briefest duration is a hazard to all on the road.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has published a brochure that addresses caffeine, micro-sleep and other issues related to drowsy driving.

A moment?s inattentiveness on behalf of a drowsy driver can lead to a very serious collision. Injuries resulting from such crashes can be catastrophic. Victims may suffer severe spinal or brain injuries that could alter the course of their entire lives.

If you or a member of your family are ever harmed due to the negligence of another driver, you will likely need compensation to cover medical expenses and recoup other losses. A Montana motor vehicle accident attorney may be able to help you receive recompense from those holding liability.

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