In 2017, there were 795 drowsy-driving related deaths in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tips to help make sure drivers stay alert and awake behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is a dangerous and under-reported epidemic on roadways in California and across the U.S. From getting a good night’s sleep to checking your prescription medication for side effects, there are a ton of things you can do to make sure you’re fully alert when you’re behind the wheel.
Tips for Driving Alert
Always try to make getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night a priority. Few things are more important for your health (and safety behind the wheel) than good quality rest. Also, make sure teens are well rested before getting behind the wheel. Always avoid drinking alcohol before driving, which can leave you impaired and impact your safety and alertness. Check prescription and over-the-counter medication labels for drowsiness as a side effect. Always remain vigilant and engaged behind the wheel.
U.S. Drowsy Driving Facts
- In 2015, there were an estimated 90,000 police-reported crashes involving drowsy drivers.
- Those crashes involved an estimated 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths.
- Drowsy driving crashes occur most frequently between midnight and 6:00 a.m. or in the late afternoon.
- Drowsy driving crashes often involve only a single driver (and no passengers) running off of the road at a high rate of speed with no evidence of braking.
- Drowsy diving crashes frequently occur on rural roads and highways.
Drowsy Driving Accidents in California
Falling asleep at the wheel isn’t the only dangerous complication associated with drowsy driving. Driving while drowsy can put you at risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes, even if you do manage to stay awake. Sleepiness can impact your cognition, reaction times and performance behind the wheel. If you suspect a drowsy driver caused your injury crash, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney about your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drowsy driver in San Diego, or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.