California has some of the most scenic roads in the country, from the Pacific Coast Highway to the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway right in L.A. But those gorgeous roads can turn ugly fast when a car accident happens, which may seem like an obvious thing to say, but new research is revealing just how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel.

Consider these alarming facts:

  • Over one out of every five fatal car accidents are the result of a drowsy driver.
  • Getting fewer than seven hours of sleep will literally double your chances of being in a car crash.
  • Getting fewer than four hours increases your chances by a staggering 11 times.
  • According to the CDC, 35 percent of the population gets less than seven hours of sleep per day.
  • One third of the drivers you encounter on the road will be sleepy enough to be at least partially responsible for a crash.
  • Many studies have shown that driving drowsy and driving while intoxicated have similar effects, including lowered attention span and less alertness.

There are some things you can do to avoid drowsiness on the road. Some of these include avoiding certain medications when you have to drive, staying away from heavy foods, traveling with a passenger to take turns driving and ensuring you get more than 7 hours per night.

Of course, you can do all of these things and still be affected by someone else’s negligence. If you are involved in a car accident, you may want to think about speaking with an attorney. He or she might be able to help you get compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and rehabilitation.

Source: abc7.com, “LESS THAN 7 HOURS OF SLEEP DOUBLES CHANCE OF CAR CRASH, STUDY SAYS,” Denise Dador, December 7, 2016