Each year, almost 328,000 motor vehicle accidents involve a drowsy driver.
Drowsy driving is dangerous and can lead to serious accidents. A recent study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety presents startling facts about drowsy driving. Researchers studied 14,268 motor vehicle accidents and drowsy driving was a factor in 6 percent of car crashes. The study also revealed that drowsy driving was a factor in 7 percent of car crashes that caused injuries and in 13 percent of fatal car crashes. Each year, almost 328,000 motor vehicle accidents involve a drowsy driver.
Signs of Drowsy Driving
Adults in the age group of 18-29, adults with children at home, shift workers, and people with certain health conditions such as sleep apnea are more likely to become drowsy while driving. In order to prevent accidents caused by drowsy driving, you must identify the signs of drowsy driving. If you exhibit or experience any of the following signs while driving, get off the road, drink a caffeinated beverage, and get some rest.
- forgetting the last few miles you drove
- blinking or trouble keeping your eyes open
- drifting out of the lane and onto the shoulder
Prevent Drowsy Driving
There are some simple things that you can do to prevent drowsy driving:
- Get sufficient sleep before you hit the road. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
- When on a long drive, alternate drivers if possible.
- Drink a caffeinated beverage such as coffee.
- If you feel drowsy, stop driving and take a nap.
Compensation for Injuries
Drowsy driving can affect your judgement and reaction time. It reduces performance and may make a driver more aggressive. Drivers who drive while drowsy are often found guilty of gross negligence in car accident cases. If you or your loved one has been injured by a drowsy driver, seek legal help from a Chicago auto accident attorney to make sure you get adequate compensation for your injuries. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.