Drowsy Driving Accidents
We’ve all heard of texting and driving, but did you know that the lesser-known cause behind fatal car crashes is fatigue? Struggling to balance a busy schedule happens to the best of us, as it’s easy to get caught up in work, school, family, friends, and other personal endeavors. However, if you think that nodding off behind the wheel isn’t as dangerous as other driving situations, think again. Nearly 37% of people have admitted to driving fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel—an incredibly hazardous statistic. At LiMandri & Jonna LLP, we see plenty of personal injury cases involving a drowsy driver and understand the fatal implications that come with it—it’s just not worth it.
If you find yourself yawning, blinking, or even closing your eyes for too long, heed the following safety tips to protect yourself and other drivers on the road:
- Pull over safely
- Take a break every two hours of driving
- Keep the temperature cold
- Take a 15-20 minute nap at a rest stop
- Play loud, high-energy music
- Turn off cruise control
- Place your seat in an upright position
- Walk around to feel refreshed
Drinking coffee won’t counteract a lack of sleep—in fact, nothing except a good night’s rest can ensure you’re in safe driving conditions. Drowsy driving can creep up on anyone, especially shift workers, new drivers, and people who don’t sleep a full 8 hours each night. It only takes a second of nodding off or closing your eyes for too long for an accident to occur. If you have been a victim of a drowsy driving accident and need an experienced personal injury lawyer you can trust, call LiMandri & Jonna LLP at (858) 759-9930 today.