Everyone knows that drunk driving and
distracted driving are some of the biggest causes of
motor vehicle accidents. But what about tired driving? The dangers of driving while fatigued are
often overlooked, despite the fact that drowsy drivers are involved in
approximately 1,150 fatal collisions each year. In fact, According to
a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, a whopping 60 percent
of adult drivers admit to have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy within
the past year. In order to better understand the dangers of tired driving
and reduce its prevalence, it is important for drivers to know its warning signs.
What are the Signs of Drowsy Driving?
One of the reasons why tired driving goes largely unnoticed is because
it is less easily identified. While toxicology reports and cell phone
records can usually provide clear evidence of drunk or distracted driving,
collisions caused by a driver falling asleep at the wheel have less clear-cut
evidence. State reporting practices are notoriously inconsistent, with
police oftentimes having little or no training in identifying fatigue
as a factor in causing a crash. While some modern cars have warning indicators
that will attempt to alert a driver in the event that they may be drifting
or displaying signs of fatigue, the responsibility still falls on drivers
to watch out for signs of drowsiness and pull off the road to rest.
Drowsy driving is often shown by the following signs:
- Frequent yawning and blinking
- Closing eyes for a moment
- Losing visual focus
- Wandering thoughts
- Unintentionally changing speed
- Lessened reaction times
- Inability to remember driving the last few miles
- Drifting between lanes
While many people attempt to fight off fatigue by consuming large amounts
of caffeine or blasting loud music while driving, these methods are largely
ineffective and dangerous. The best way to eliminate fatigue while driving
is simply to pull over and take a nap. A 20 to 40 minute nap can do wonders
to improve a person’s level of energy and save them from being involved
in a collision. Other effective methods include sharing driving duty with
other passengers, exercising every few hours at rest stops, and getting
a full night’s rest before embarking on a long road trip.
Injured by a Tired Driver? Call (646) 461-4009
If you have been injured in a collision caused by a driver who fell asleep
at the wheel, the
New York City car accident lawyers at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can advocate on your behalf
and fight to recover fair compensation for your suffering. With more than
$500 million recovered on behalf of our injured clients, we can provide
the powerful legal support you need during this difficult time.
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