Drowsy driving is incredibly dangerous, but that does not stop 60 percent of adult drivers in the United States from doing it. In fact, more than one-third of U.S. adult drivers--which is more than 100 million people--claim they have fallen asleep at the wheel.
If you were injured due to a drowsy driver in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and non-economic damages. Robert Finnell is a personal injury attorney in Rome who will evaluate your accident in a free initial consultation to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
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Read on to learn why driving while fatigued is such a dangerous practice:
Drowsy Driving Can Be Just as Dangerous as Drunk Driving
Sleep deprivation has a direct effect on motor skills and can slow reaction time, which means drowsy drivers may not respond to hazards quickly enough to avoid accidents. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the effects of sleep deprivation on the body are similar to those of alcohol, and driving after remaining awake for 24 hours is comparable to having a BAC of 0.10.
Sometimes drowsy driving is even more dangerous than drunk driving. For example, motorists who are only slightly inebriated and are aware of it may compensate by traveling slower than usual, which may make up for their slowed reaction time. Drowsy drivers, on the other hand, can nod off while traveling at high speeds, and doing so often has tragic consequences.
What Are the Symptoms of Drowsy Driving?
If you realize you are too drowsy to drive, you should pull over and arrange for alternative transportation, or take a nap until you are alert enough to drive. Symptoms of drowsy driving include:
● Heavy eyelids;
● Difficulty focusing;
● Missing exits or traffic signs, despite knowing the route;
● Tailgating other cars;
● Driving over the rumble strip;
● Drifting from your lane;
● Yawning repeatedly or feeling the need to rub your eyes a lot;
● Nodding off, or struggling to keep your head up; and
● Irritability and restlessness.
Some People Are at a Higher Risk of Drowsy Driving
Anyone can suffer from sleep deprivation, and drivers who do not get enough sleep are most at risk of drowsy driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other motorists who are at risk of driving while drowsy include shift workers - especially those who work extended shifts or night shifts - people who take medication that may cause drowsiness, people with untreated sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, and commercial drivers who are on the road for extended periods of time.
If you were in a collision with a drowsy driver and sustained serious injuries as a result, an accident lawyer from The Finnell Firm will help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Rome.