Driving while overly tired can have many of the same effects as drunk driving.
We all know — or should know — that drunk driving is a serious offense, and never a good idea. But did you know that driving while tired can also be incredibly dangerous?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 100,000 car accidents each year are due to drowsy driving. These crashes led to 1,500 deaths and 71,000 major injuries per year.
While it can be hard to get a good night of sleep, especially in today’s fast-paced world, it is important to consider the dangers of driving while exhausted before getting behind the wheel. Energy drinks, caffeine or even cold air are not enough to compensate for a lack of sleep. And unlike drunk driving, the police do not have tools to detect drivers who are simply too tired to be on the road. As a Riverside car accident attorney can tell you, drowsy driving is simply not worth the risk.
How To Combat Drowsy Driving
It isn’t always possible to be well-rested before getting on the road; you may get a bad night of sleep and then still have to get up and drive to work, for example. But if you’re going on a longer trip, you can plan ahead to minimize the chances of an accident due to exhaustion.
First, be sure to map out your route ahead of time. Make time for plant of stops for food, bathroom, exercise and even sleep. If you have a particularly long drive — over 10 to 12 hours — you may want to consider turning it into a two day trip so that you can get some sleep at a hotel.
Second, whenever possible, drive with another person so that you can switch out driving responsibilities if you’re too tired to drive. Sharing the chore of driving can be a great way to avoid accidents due to drowsy driving.
Third, pull over if you feel yourself nodding off or getting too sleepy to be safely behind the wheel. You can stop at the side of the road, at a rest stop, or at a hotel to take a nap or get a rest so that you are able to drive without the risk of falling asleep or making bad driving choices due to tiredness.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a drowsy driver, know that there is help. At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, our car accident attorneys are committed to getting the highest possible recovery for our clients. We start by thoroughly investigating every aspect of your claim and then explain all of your legal rights and options to you. We will then aggressively negotiate a settlement or litigate a case through trial to get you the maximum damages to compensate you for your injuries. We never charge a fee unless we recover money for our clients, and our initial consultations are always free. If you need a Riverside car accident attorney, contact our office today at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org today. We have helped thousands of people recover millions of dollars — and we can help you!