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How to Prevent Drowsy Driving Car Accidents

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Nov 10, 2016 in Auto Accidents

tired driver at nightThis week is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®, an annual campaign by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) to inform people about the risks of driving while drowsy and offer tips on preventing drowsy driving car accidents.

According to the NSF, there are approximately 100,000 car accidents involving drowsy driving each year. Studies by the American Automobile Association reveal that more than 6,000 of these accidents are fatal.

A 2014 study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that 37 percent of drivers reported falling asleep while driving.

One of the main reasons so many people engage in drowsy driving is they do not realize how tired they actually are. That is why drivers should be aware of common signs of being too tired to drive, including:

  • Repeated yawning
  • Difficulty keeping your head up
  • Feeling irritable
  • Drifting out of your lane
  • Blinking frequently
  • Trouble focusing
  • Daydreaming

If you experience any of these symptoms, pull over, park in a safe place and take a nap for 20 minutes before returning to the road.

The best way to prevent drowsy driving is to make sure you get a good night's sleep. In general, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep while teenagers need more than eight-and-a-half hours of sleep.

If you often have trouble sleeping, you may have a medical condition that makes it difficult to sleep. Consult a doctor to determine if there are treatment options to help you get more sleep.

The NSF also recommends that you avoid driving during times when you are tired or would normally be sleeping, such as at night.

If you go on a road trip, you should take regular breaks from driving every two hours or every 100 miles.

Victims of accidents caused by drowsy driving could be entitled compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. The skilled Fort Worth auto accident attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings will review your claim for free and inform you of your legal options.

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