You would find that most people agree that driving while exhausted can be dangerous, yet people do it all the time. What you will find a harder time convincing people of is the fact that even driving while drowsy can be extremely dangerous. Keep reading to learn how serious this issue is. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
One Example is All it Takes
To understand just how serious this issue is, consider the story of a 35-year old man who was driving home completely sober but tired after a long day. He fell asleep at the wheel, crossed into oncoming traffic, and hit another car. The driver of that car and her six-year-old child were both killed. This is a situation no one wants to be in, yet people put themselves at risk every time they get behind the wheel while tired.
Driving While Drowsy Might Be More Common Than You Think
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), one out of every twenty-five adults surveyed admitted that they have fallen asleep while driving within the last 30 days. The NHTSA estimates that around 6,000 fatal car accidents occur each year due to drowsy drivers.
Be Aware of the Warning Signs of Driving While Drowsy
One of the difficult things about avoiding driving while drowsy is that there is not a particular moment you can look for to know if you have gone from driving safely to being unsafe. However, you can be aware of some signs that it is time to stop driving. This includes:
- Yawning repeatedly
- Blinking over and over again
- Drifting out of your lane
- Hitting the rumble strip
- Missing your exit
- Forgetting where you are
If you experience one or more of these, it is wise to stop driving.
You Have Options if You Realize It is Not Safe to Drive While Sleeping
If you find that you are so tired that you cannot drive safely, pull over to a safe place and take a 15 to 30-minute nap. When you wake up, wait five minutes before you get back on the road. Coffee does not do an effective job of keeping a person awake enough to drive, nor does loud music. The only thing that will really help is taking a nap.
If you have been injured in a car accident, whether the other person was driving while drowsy or not, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.