Many people drive an automobile when they are tired or sleepy and are unable to properly concentrate on driving. This scenario is a very dangerous condition for other drivers and passengers as well. Although we all agree that it is unacceptable to drive when tired, most of us are guilty of this action and it is absolutely a poor decision to jeopardize your life and the lives of others. More education about sleep safety is important. All of us have heard “do not drink or text while driving,” but the importance of proper sleep, especially for long distance driving cannot be over emphasized.
Just dozing off at high speeds can mean death. It only takes a few seconds to run off the road, flip your car, or hit another. Being tired impairs your judgment with a slower reaction time. One study compares the effects of a lack of sleep to alcohol intoxication.
If you are anticipating a long car trip, try to get adequate sleep the night before you drive. Inviting a passenger to accompany you and share driving responsibility is helpful. Taking an occasional break for a cup of coffee or cold drink is a good idea. The caffeine will help keep you focused on the road. Unfortunately, there are many drivers who do not take these precautions and hundred of people die each year as a result of negligence.
In the event that you or a family member has sustained injuries in an automobile accident caused by a sleepy driver, contact The Upton Law Firm, LLC to discuss your options with you.
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