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The dangers of driving while drowsy

Ask most people how they are feeling, and the majority of them will say that they are tired and overwhelmed by work, home life, school or a million other activities. There’s always so much to do and not enough time to do it which can be exhausting.

People spend so much time running and not enough time sleeping or taking care of themselves and it shows when they’re driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2017  that one in every twenty-five drivers has fallen asleep behind the wheel. 

Drowsy driving can mimic driving while intoxicated. A driver who is drowsy has slow reaction times, doesn’t notice potential dangers, and cannot exercise good judgment behind the wheel. They are too busy trying to stay awake.

Who is driving while drowsy?

Certain people are more prone to drowsy driving, including:

  • Truck drivers. They drive extra-long hours in order to arrive at their destination on time.
  • Students who are overworked and constantly on the go.
  • Drivers who need certain medications on a daily basis for things like allergies.
  • People who work the graveyard shift.
  • Commercial drivers such as tow truck drivers and delivery personnel.
  • People who are driving to or from a vacation. Oftentimes, they just want to get there, so they drive through the night.

It’s very important that drivers get adequate rest. Pumping oneself full of coffee and energy drinks might help temporarily but they do not make up for lost sleep. Plus, they may actually have the opposite effect, making drivers anxious and shaky.

Should you find yourself involved in an accident due to drowsy driving you may be eligible for compensation. Talking with someone who can provide guidance is a good first step.