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Did you know, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence? Whether you refer to these drivers as drowsy drivers, fatigued drivers or tired drivers, drivers who may be sleepy have delayed reactions like those who have been drinking alcohol and tend to make bad driving decisions.
Just like your body needs food and water, it also needs sleep. In fact, it is such a strong need, that at some point, your brain will force you to sleep no matter how hard you try not to.
You may not realize how sleepy or tired you are when you are behind the wheel. The same is true of your body; your brain can force your body to sleep not knowing you are behind the wheel.
Plain and simple: everyone, whether you are a driver or a passenger. People who drive drowsy put themselves in danger; however, they also pose a risk to everyone on the road.
The fact of the matter is that any driver can succumb to fatigue, but there are specific groups that are at a higher risk, which includes:
Working the night shift means your sleep patterns go against the body’s natural pattern of sleeping and waking. It basically throws your internal clock off. The same is true for those who travel across different time zones.
Some people get less than the amount of sleep their bodies need to feel well and rested causing a sleep debt that can grow larger and larger; that sleepiness affects your attention and performance causing you to be less alert. In addition, your body is not meant to go for long periods without sleep; sleep deprivation is caused when someone stays up for long periods of time, such as a student cramming for a test.
Driving under the influence while drowsy greatly lowers your mental and physical alertness, which results in more swerving and drifting off the road.
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Drivers who may be sleepy or tired have delayed reactions and tend to make bad driving decisions.
One of the most serious consequences of insufficient sleep is traffic accidents due to drowsy driving. A study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that one out of every six deadly traffic accidents, and one out of eight crashes requiring hospitalization of car drivers or passengers is due to drowsy driving (AAA, 2010).
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Accidents due to fatigue and drowsy driving can be devastating, leaving you with severe injuries and emotional trauma. They can also be difficult to prove since drivers may not be aware or admit they were drowsy at the time of the accident and police officers do not always obtain that information.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident caused by a tired truck driver or drowsy driver and need to understand your legal options, contact our experienced car accident attorneys at (877) 284-6600 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published October 31, 2017. It was reviewed on November 7, 2023 and updated for content and accuracy.