Working the Night Shift and Car Crashes

May 2023

A recent study has confirmed what most have always had an idea was true.  Those driving home from work on a night shift are at greater risk for car crashes.  The study noted that drowsy driving is a major public health issue in the United States.  In the study, workers driving home after work reported more near crash events.  With over 9.5 million Americans working on night shifts, the implications are great. 

Working the night shift can be a difficult task.  Especially for the those who are new to the night shift and adjusting to the new work hours.  The overnight shifts can cause fatigue that can impact driving ability.

At Herrick & Hart, we see the impact that inattentive driving can have.  We work with those injured due to the carelessness of others.  A person who gets behind the wheel of a car should be alert and able to safely operate a motor vehicle.  When a drowsy drivier gets behind the wheel, they not only put themselves in danger but others on the road.

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