There are many reasons why a car accident may occur. Sometimes negligent drivers are distracted by their cell phones, food in the car, the radio, their passengers, and sometimes they are drunk, speeding, or just not paying enough attention to traffic signals or other vehicles. One other cause of accidents is drowsy driving. According to AAA’s Christine Delise, “Driving while drowsy is very similar to distracted and drunk driving. It reduces your reaction time, impairs your vision and causes a lapse in judgment.” A recent study suggests that 28% of surveyed drivers admitted to being tired behind the wheel in the last month. According to the survey, those who drive fatigued the most are between 19 and 24 years old. Drowsy driving can be noticed especially at night and fatigued drivers may be observed drifting in and out of their lane and other driving patterns of that nature.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. This numbers could be even greater as most people fail to report driving drowsy after an accident. Instead of fighting to stay awake, AAA recommends drivers find a safe place to pull over to take a quick nap and to avoid taking medications that make you drowsy before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, it is suggested to drive at times when you are normally awake and to schedule breaks every 2 hours or 100 miles on road trips. If you’ve been injured in an accident as the result of negligent or drowsy driver, call Givens Givens Sparks for a free consultation regarding your rights against the other driver and the insurance companies.