You probably already understand that texting and driving or using a cellphone while driving are dangerous activities. But like most people, you may not be as aware of the dangers of drowsy driving.
According to The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, in 2017, drowsy driving was a factor in 91,000 motor vehicle collisions. When you drive drowsy, it is harder to pay attention to the road in front of you, maintain appropriate reaction times and make good decisions behind the wheel.
Some people are more at risk of drowsy driving than others. For example, commercial drivers, shift workers and those who have a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea, are more likely to drive drowsy. Those who do not get enough sleep or take medications that make them sleepy are also more likely to experience drowsy driving.
The signs of drowsy driving
If you find yourself yawning frequently, having a hard time remembering the last few miles you drove or missing turns and exits, you could be a drowsy driver. Drifting in and out of your lane and hitting the rumble strip on the side of the road can also be indicators of drowsy driving. If you experience any of these signs, take a break from driving and if possible, pull over to take a nap until you restore some of your energy.
While you may take precautions to avoid driving drowsy, others may not be as conscientious. If you got involved in an accident with a drowsy driver, take steps to protect your legal rights to fair and proper compensation.