Most everyone knows drinking and driving is seriously dangerous. But what about sleepiness and driving? The term “drowsy driving” has recently gained popularity to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while tired. Fatigue can dramatically impair a driver’s ability to focus and react — leaving passengers and other drivers at great risk. Tucson car accident lawyers frequently encounter victims who have been injured by drowsy drivers.
Driving while fatigued or sleepy causes:
- Impaired reaction time, judgment and vision
- Problems with information processing and short-term memory
- Decreased performance, vigilance and motivation
- Increased moodiness and aggressive behavior
Drowsy driving can cause the driver to fall asleep at the wheel, drift into another lane or rear-end another car. It can cause the driver to miss a turn, fail to stop at a red light or engage in otherwise risky driving behaviors. If you have been in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, contact a Tucson auto accident attorney right away to learn more about your legal rights.
Although you cannot stop other drivers from practicing unsafe driving, you can do your best to stay alert. If you are feeling fatigued while on the road, pull over to a safe area and rest. Take frequent breaks and get seven to nine hours of sleep before hitting the road. Having a travel companion to share the driving also helps to prevent drowsy driving. Never drink or take mind- or mood-altering drugs before or while driving.
The Law Office of William D. Nelson, P.C.is a personal injury law firm advocating for injury victims since 1994. If you or a loved one has been hurt due to the negligence of another, contact the firm for assistance with your legal matter.