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USC student shares consequences of driving drowsy

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Morgan Rogers car was damaged when she struck a guardrail after falling asleep while driving. Morgan Rogers car was damaged when she struck a guardrail after falling asleep while driving.
Morgan Rogers was in a car accident after falling asleep behind the wheel. Morgan Rogers was in a car accident after falling asleep behind the wheel.

 By: Emily Burke

    University of South Carolina student Morgan Rogers admits she has driven while drowsy on the way to Florida and says that it was one of the scariest experiences she has ever had. 

    "I was driving on the Interstate and I guess I must have fallen asleep and the next thing I knew I woke up and I was skidding against the guardrail and the whole side of my car was messed up," said Rogers. 

    The National Sleep Foundation says that one-third of drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. The report claims this accounts for over 100,000 accidents, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 deaths each year.

    The only damages Rogers sustained were to her car. 

    "I had to take it to a car shop and they fixed my door so that it wasn't hitting against my wheel but there is still a huge dent in it because I can't exactly afford to fix everything. My insurance company isn't going to do anything for me," said Rogers.

    Rogers believes many people drive while tired without even thinking about it. She also says more attention should be paid to the problem so injuries can be prevented, before other people make the same mistake she did.

    "Next time, I definitely will not drive when I am really tired because I know how dangerous it can be and how everything can change in a second. So, I'm definitely going to take those extra hours to go to sleep rather than risk my life," said Rogers.

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