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Are ridesharing drivers drowsy behind the wheel?

Ridesharing has become quite popular in recent years. As it grows in popularity, one important issue is what impacts it is having on traffic safety. A recent warning issued by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine raises questions as to what effects ridesharing is having on the prevalence of drowsy driving out on the roads.

What drowsy driving risks are present in ridesharing?

The warning came in a position paper that the organization recently released. The paper pointed to there being distracted driving risks among ridesharing drivers. Among the things the paper noted as playing a role in these risks were:

  • Issues regarding the enforceability of rest break rules ridesharing companies have put forward.
  • There typically being no screening for ridesharing drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other conditions that could impact alertness.
  • The possibility of ridersharing drivers being low on sleep due to working other jobs on top of ridesharing.

The dangers of fatigued ridesharing drivers

How awake and alert ridesharing drivers are is a very important issue. If such a driver engages in drowsy driving, the impairment caused by the drowsiness could lead to a crash. This could not only expose that driver to harm, but also any passenger he or she has, as well as other motorists.

Car crashes involving ridesharing drivers can raise some unique complexities when it comes to legal matters. So, if you have been harmed by the actions of a ridesharing driver that you believe drove while drowsy or otherwise impaired, getting guidance on the situation (such as what options may be on the table regarding compensation) could be vital.

Is enough being done?

Ridesharing companies have taken some steps related to the issue of drowsy driving. Among the things some of them have done are: issue safety recommendations for their drivers, send notifications regarding the importance of adequate rest to their drivers and put rules on driver rest breaks in place.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine position paper calls on ridesharing companies to do more. It also asks for government officials and law enforcement to take appropriate action regarding this issue.

What do you think should be done regarding drowsy driving in ridesharing? How do you think this issue will be addressed in upcoming years?

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