Drowsy driving, also referred to as fatigued driving, is a growing concern in the United States. This type of driving often leads to tragedy – the risks of driving while tired should be enough to keep anyone off the road. Fatigued driving involves the combination of operating a vehicle while the driver has not slept enough. It can also occur among individuals with sleep disorders, those taking medications, individuals that have drank, or even those working abnormal shifts.
No one can know when sleep will overtake the body, but falling asleep at the wheel is extremely dangerous. When you are fatigued, you lose your ability to control the vehicle, since:
There are some sombering statistics regarding drowsy and fatigued driving, which include:
Most of those driving fatigued are unaware of their threat to public safety. But, there are some drivers who are more susceptible to drowsy driving, such as:
Being a responsible driver means that you are being a safe driver. It is imperative that all drivers take steps to avoid drowsy driving on the road. This includes getting at least seven hours of sleep each day for adults, and up to eight hours for teenagers. If you have poor sleeping habits, work on improving them by setting a sleep schedule and sticking to it. Also, avoid alcohol or medications that can make you drowsy.
If you were injured in an accident by a drowsy driver, contact the team at The Law Offices of Kevin J. Roach, LLC today. We can assist you with your accident claim. Schedule your free consultation at 636-519-0085 or ask a legal question online and we will be in touch with you shortly.