We are all aware of the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The reality may be that we do not get 8 hours of sleep and we are still expected to be functional the next day, including driving to and from work.
While we can relate to the sluggish feelings of getting through a day’s work, were you aware of the dangers of driving drowsy? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported auto accidents each year are caused by drowsy drivers. Of these crashes, 1,550 resulted in death and 71,000 injuries were sustained. Driving drowsy is a much more dangerous issue than you may have originally thought.
In recognition of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week there are some signs of sleepy driving that you may not be aware of. These include:
- Trouble focusing your eyes
- Yawning and rubbing your eyes
- Drifting out of your lane
- Missing signs or exits
- Needing loud music or cold air to stay awake.
The National Sleep Foundation provides some tips to help prevent drowsy driving. If you know you will be on the road tomorrow, do:
- Plan for a good night’s sleep
- Get off the road if you notice signs of fatigue
- Take a 15-20 nap in a safe location
- Consume caffeine-but do not rely on it
- Drive with a friend that can drive
- Wear your seat belt.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident as a result of a drowsy driver contact Jim Leach, L.C., today at 1-304-865-8530 to schedule a no-cost consultation. Our car accident attorneys proudly represent clients in the Morgantown, West Virginia area.