When you take to the road as a driver, you know that you could run into all types of trouble. From a breakdown to an accident, you never fully know what to expect (even though you’re hoping for the best).
Drowsy driving is a huge problem in the United States, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noting that iT is responsible for tens of thousands of accidents every year.
Drowsy driving is exactly what it sounds like — when a person operates a motor vehicle when they are not 100 percent alert. As a result, they’re more likely to fall asleep and their reaction time isn’t up to par. Furthermore, drowsy driving can also impair a person’s ability to make good decisions.
Some types of people are more likely to drive drowsy, including:
- Anyone who does not get enough sleep the night before hitting the road
- Commercial truck drivers who spend too many consecutive hours behind the wheel
- Drivers with sleep disorders
- People who are taking medications that could cause sleepiness
As a driver, you should do whatever it takes to avoid drowsy driving. This could mean staying home when you’re tired or pulling off to the side of the road if you’re having trouble staying awake.
While you do your best to drive safely, others may not take the same level of caution. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a drowsy driver, you’ll want to learn more about the details of the crash. This can help you decide how to protect your legal rights, as well as what to do next.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel,” accessed Jan. 29, 2018