Research indicates that lack of sleep can be detrimental to drivers just as much as alcohol. While the latter factor has garnered more attention, Kentucky motorists need to be just as cautious when driving while sleep-deprived.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that the amount of sleep a driver gets will determine whether or not a driver can drive without having an accident. Based on results from a sleep study, the amount of hours needed to reduce the likelihood of auto accidents is at least seven within 24 hours. Any amount less than seven hours will reduce an individual's dexterity level while driving. People are urged to avoid driving if they have not acquired an adequate amount of sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that at least a third of all Americans do not regularly get enough rest.

Thousands of fatal car accidents occur every year. It has been found that approximately 20 percent of them involve sleep deprivation as a factor. While the number of fatal crashes from all causes had been on the decline for several years, the number of them increased by more than 7 percent in 2015 compared to the prior year.

People in other vehicles who have been injured in car accidents caused by a driver who was nodding off at the wheel or who was negligent in another manner often require extensive medical treatment. Many of them are unable to return to work, further worsening their financial condition. An attorney could be of assistance in helping them recoup their losses through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the at-fault motorist.