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The dangers of drowsy driving

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many auto accidents happen because of drunkenness and distractions. Another cause of auto accidents that many people may not realize exists is drowsy driving. Drowsy driving happens when a driver becomes tired behind the wheel. As a result, a driver may have impaired vision, struggle to stay awake and make poor decisions. Drowsy driving is compared in severity to drunk driving because they have many similar effects.

Drivers can practice safe driving by learning more about drowsy driving. Here is what you should know:

What causes drowsy driving? 

Many things can cause drowsy driving. A driver, for example, may become tired after leaving work after a long day. Their exhaustion levels may be higher because of strenuous activities. Age is also another cause of drowsy driving. As people get older, they may experience exhaustion faster.  

Drowsiness can also be caused by medication. Certain medications have side effects that cause people to become tired. Someone suffering from narcolepsy or insomnia may also experience drowsiness more easily than others. 

What are the signs of drowsy driving?

Everyone experiences drowsiness differently. Some of the early signs of drowsy driving may include:

  • Struggling to keep eyelids open 
  • Struggling to focus
  • Agitation and restlessness 
  • Disconnected thoughts
  • Frequent yawning
  • Memory issues

Drivers who spot early signs of drowsiness may take proactive measures to prevent auto accidents.

What can you do if you become drowsy while driving?

Good sleep is the best way to combat drowsy driving. However, many people struggle to get good sleep. When a person realizes they are tired when driving, there are several things they can do. If possible, a driver may need to find a place where they can rest for the night. Alternatively, a driver may drink coffee or an energy drink for a short burst of energy.

If you or someone you know was hit by a drowsy driver, then it may help to reach out for legal guidance to learn how to seek compensation.