Drowsy Driving Accidents
The main reason for drowsy driving is lack of sleep. Crash rates typically increase with the less sleep an individual gets. For example, a driver who has slept five to six hours doubles their chance of being in an accident. Also, drivers who sleep only four or five hours risk being in a car accident the same as a drunk driver.
It’s obvious that if a driver falls asleep while driving, an accident will follow.
The Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Driver fatigue causes about 20% of all motor vehicle crashes, resulting in fatalities.
Fatigue results in:
Your ability to drive will be severely affected even with your eyes open.
It impairs reaction times.
Your attention and focus diminish.
How to Avoid Drowsy Driving Accidents
The best way to avoid an accident is not to drive if:
You are unable to keep your eyes open
Inability to drive at a steady speed
Veering back and forth in your lane
Missing a turn
Unable to read road signs
Continuous yawning and dozing off
To stay awake while driving, try these tips:
Pull over and take a short nap
Drive with someone
Stay hydrated; caffeine helps
Avoid driving overnight
Sit up straight
How an Attorney Can Help
Disastrous financial and medical consequences can result from an accident caused by a sleepy driver. The victims often have life-changing injuries or tragic death as a result. Injuries of this type are very costly, especially if the injured party cannot return to work for a very long time.
Victims and families need the help of experienced and knowledgeable legal professionals to help them get the compensation they need and deserve. We can help you recover the losses you have suffered, resulting in lost wages, property damage, medical bills, and any punitive damages. Contact Brockmeier Law Group today to get the professional help you need.
Give Brockmeier Law Group a call at 310-425-3431.