The danger of driving while drowsy is definitely very real and can have permanent consequences. It is another form of distracted driving. Driving requires a person to be alert of their actions and surroundings at all times.
According to reports, close to 200 million people admitted that they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy. What's worse is that more than one-third of them have actually fallen asleep at the wheel, and about five percent have been in an accident as a result. Additionally, it was determined that drowsy driving was more common in men, people ages 25 to 34 and those that averaged less than six hours of sleep each night.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately 100,000 police-related accidents due to driver fatigue every year - resulting in about 2,000 deaths and over 70,000 injuries. Even a brief second nodding can be extremely dangerous. At 60+ mph, a single second translates to speeding along for close to 100 feet - the length of two school buses.
Warning signs of drowsy driving include, but are not limited to:
- Being very tired
- Not remembering the last mile
- Drifting onto the side of the road
If any of these occur, the driver should get off the road and rest. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night and never drink alcohol or take drugs before getting behind the wheel.
Because this has become such a big problem in the United States and in Southern California, the National Sleep Foundation is declaring the week of November 3, 2013 as Drowsy Driving Prevent Week.
Too often drivers, especially truck drivers, push themselves and stay on the road even when they are too sleeping to drive safely. Drowsy driving accidents are some of the most easily preventable accidents - the driver just needs plenty of rest before heading out on the roadway.
If you have been injured by a drowsy driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help.
At Peach & Weathers, we will review your case and advise you of your ability to seek compensation. Our personal injury attorneys are skilled at negotiating settlements to cover your medical bills and damages. For your convenience, we are located in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Juan Capistrano.