There are many threats to look out for on Texas highways. Though everyone is aware that drunk driving is hazardous, few know that driving while sleep-deprived is equally dangerous. For those who have been injured by a drowsy driver, the aftermath often involves financial hardship from missed work and hospital visits. As drivers, we can make sure tragedies from drowsy driving become less common by making sure we are well-rested before we get on the road.
Though Driving While Tired May Seem Harmless, There Are Serious Consequences
CW39’s Newsfix’s article “Research: Tired drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers” reports that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving can inhibit a driver’s judgment, reaction time, and observation on nearly the same level as driving drunk. In addition, the American Automobile Association has reported that almost one-third of the drivers they interviewed in July 2016 admitted to driving while sleep-deprived.
It doesn’t take much to become inhibited by drowsiness. Studies show that staying awake for just 21 hours is enough to reduce your alertness to the level of an intoxicated driver. When you are sleep-deprived, you will swerve in and out of lanes and not notice important cues like red lights and stop signs. This kind of behavior is dangerous and greatly increases your chances of being in a car accident.
Change Starts With You
For our roads to be safer, everyone must do their part and get enough sleep before driving. By taking this measure, you can make sure that everyone who shares the road with you benefits from a safe commute. Responsibility begins with being proactive. If you know you have a long road trip ahead of you, plan strategic rest stops and coffee breaks to revitalize your awareness and rest your body. Other motorists will thank you for playing it safe, and you will help save lives.
Injured By A Drowsy Driver?
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be experiencing difficulties like lost wages and medical bills. However, you don’t have to go through the aftermath alone. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can seek compensation in a personal injury claim to help get you back to your normal life as soon as possible. At the law offices of B.L. Jensen, we offer free consultations in these cases.