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The Warning Signs of Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving can result in extremely severe accidents. It occurs when a driver is fatigued and hasn’t had enough sleep, but certain sleep disorders or other medical conditions can also contribute to incidents of drowsy driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, drowsy driving was responsible for 91,000 crashes. It is estimated that 6,000 fatal car accidents each year may be caused by drowsy drivers.

Driving when tired is actually very similar to driving while intoxicated. Like drunk driving, drowsy driving diminishes a person’s reaction time, clouds their judgment and impacts their ability to pay attention. These impairments increase the chance of being in a car accident.   

When someone gets in their car, they might not initially realize how tired they are. Here are some things to look for that indicate another driver might be drowsy driving:

  • Yawning frequently
  • Drifting into other lanes of traffic
  • Tailgating other drivers

Besides being aware of drowsy driving behavior by others on the road, you should also take precautions against falling victim to the same syndrome.

It is always important that you evaluate if you are in the right state to safely operate your car. If you feel like you haven’t had enough sleep, it is much better to wait to drive until you feel alert and awake. If you have already started driving and then start to feel fatigued, you should find a safe place to pull over, like a rest stop or parking lot, until you can continue to drive safely.

If you have been involved in a car accident where someone else might have been drowsy driving, a lawyer can assist you in figuring out if you are owed compensation for your injuries. Working with an experienced car accident attorney can make the process of filing a car accident claim or lawsuit less stressful, as a lawyer will be able to guide you through the process.

Leland Reinhard Law Firm in Cleburne helps people throughout Texas who have been injured in car accidents. To schedule a free consultation, call 817-645-5400 or contact the firm online.