As any car accident attorney can tell you, automobile collisions happen every day. Sometimes avoiding these accidents can be as easy as going to bed earlier the night before.
Sleepiness causes about 20 to 30 percent of automobile collisions. Driving while sleepy or “fatigue driving” causes about 100,000 automobile crashes, 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities each year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Driving while fatigued is so serious that it can affect the brain as much as alcohol. Being tired can affect coordination, make a driver have longer reaction times, impair judgment, memory and the ability to retain information.
There are a lot of myths about driving while fatigue that are sometimes confused as “tips” in order to keep a person alert. Some of these include chewing gum while driving, eating, drinking or turning up your radio. The truth is that there is no proof that any of these things will keep you awake throughout your drive.
The best thing to do in order to avoid an accident is to get plenty of sleep before getting behind the wheel, especially before a long trip. If you are driving for long periods of time and are tired, pull over to a safe area and take a nap. A 25 minute nap is enough to keep you energized. Other alternatives to napping include physical activity or drinking caffeine.
Traveling with a person that can take turns driving can be helpful during a long trip too. If you are taking any kind of medication, over-the-counter or prescription, it is best to avoid driving. Some medicine has sleepiness as a side effect. Some examples drugs that might be dangerous to be on while driving a vehicle include allergy pills, cold medications, pain pills and muscle relaxants.
Sometimes we struggle to stay alert and awake throughout the day, but don’t realize how tired we truly are until it is too late. Don’t let anything bad happen to you, and keep an eye for symptoms of sleepiness that include: excessive yawning, difficulty keeping your eyes open, drowsy relaxed feeling, blurred vision and head nodding as these might mean that you need a break.
Unfortunately, not everyone is cautious and alert on the road, so if you are injured by a drowsy or sleepy driver in Atlanta, give a car accident lawyer like John Foy a call! He will make sure to fight for the money you deserve!