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 having 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,
car accidents 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
How to Prevent Drowsy Driving
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 financial losses and physical
suffering. With more than $500 million recovered on behalf of our injured
clients, we can provide the powerful legal support you need during this
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