Posted on January 24, 2017 in Personal Injury
Most drivers have been made aware of the dangers of texting and driving, talking and driving, and drinking and driving; however, fewer drivers are aware of how dangerous drowsy driving can be. Exhausted drivers can be just as dangerous as drunk drivers due to their lack of concentration and their inability to focus.
According to a 2016 report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sleeping between five and six hours within a 24-hour time period doubles a driver’s likelihood of crashing in comparison to drivers who have had at least seven hours of sleep within 24-hours.
In 2014, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a 7.2% increase in driving fatalities related to drowsy driving. This is due in part to the lack of importance placed on sleep especially for those individuals operating motor vehicles.
What should I do if I find myself sleepy while driving?
If you often find yourself going in and out of sleep while driving, take the following precautions to avoid causing an accident or worse:
Drowsy driving continues to be an issue on U.S. roadways. If you were injured due to another driver falling asleep at the wheel, the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson can be of assistance. Personal injury lawyer, Jennifer L. Donaldson can work with you to examine your options and work towards your recovery. Call 303-458-5000 today to schedule a free consultation.