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While distracted driving is one of the most common reasons for a traffic accident, it seems there's another concern for those on the road. A recent study conducted in 19 states and the District of Columbia and involving 147,000 drivers revealed about 4 percent of those drivers had nodded off at least once while driving in the last month.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study, estimate the actual number may be higher, as many drivers don't realize it when they momentarily doze off. When this happens, it is highly likely that a car accident will ensue and individuals may become injured or fatally wounded.

Those most likely to fall asleep are men, people from 25 to 34 years of age, and those who averaged less than six hours of sleep per night. Surprisingly, Texans also showed a greater propensity for dozing off behind the wheel. According to the study's lead author, the sampling of Texans used in the study may have included larger numbers of young adults not getting enough sleep or overweight adults with sleep apnea.


When you enter a store in California, you expect that the store owner and employees are taking reasonable care to protect you from hazards or dangers. The last thing you expect is for something to fall on you or for you to trip on something while you are shopping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a million Americans slip and fall on someone else's property each year. This can be due to a number of different factors: icy sidewalks, water on the floor, and even slipping on an object that should not have been in the middle of a walkway. But what can be done in the event of a slip and fall?

A slip and fall victim can sustain a number of different injuries, from minor bruises to a brain injury. Even the less severe injuries can result in serious financial difficulties for the injured person - a trip to the emergency room to simply make sure nothing is wrong can cost thousands of dollars. If the injury is serious, there could be long-term care required, surgical procedures, and medication that costs a lot.

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