Many drowsy driving accidents happen because people just do not realize they are so tired that they should no longer be behind the wheel. They hesitate to pull over, thinking they can just fight through it, and then they nod off and cause a catastrophic accident. All it takes is a second or two for a crash to occur.
So, how can people know that they are too tired to go on driving? A few common signs to watch out for include:
- The person blinks frequently, as if having trouble keeping their eyes open.
- The person cannot focus properly on the road.
- The person keeps daydreaming, thinking about anything but driving. Their mind wanders.
- The person physically touches or rubs their eyes.
- The person yawns repeatedly.
- The person drives entire stretches of the road and then can't remember them.
- The person makes simple mistakes, like missing an exit or running a stop sign.
- The person drifts around in the lane; this often happens right before he or she falls asleep.
- The person cannot keep their head up and their eyes on the road.
- The person feels irritable and restless because they are so tired. Their mood changes.
- The person is not able to concentrate on the things being said to them, and/or they stop talking to passengers.
Drowsy driving is seriously hazardous, even though so many people think they'll be fine, and they just try to keep going. They have deadlines and schedules, and they prioritize those over safety. If one of them pushes it too far and causes an accident, make sure you know what legal options you have to seek compensation.