Distracted driving has become a problem across the country as motorists continue to "multitask" while driving. Grooming, reading maps, and eating were once the main causes of distracted driving; however, now drivers are distracted by cell phones, GPS systems, onboard touch screens, and other electronic devices. Any time you are not focused on the task of driving, you are guilty of distracted driving. However, another serious danger is causing accidents throughout Pennsylvania - drowsy driving.
Was Drowsy Driving Responsible for Your Crash?
According to the NHTSA, drowsy driving caused 72,000 vehicle crashes that resulted in 800 deaths and 44,000 injuries during 2013. However, according to a study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, these numbers are far below the actual figures. The study estimates that drowsy driving actually results in an estimated 328,000 crashes resulting in 6,400 deaths and 109,000 injuries.
What Constitutes Drowsy Driving?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowsy driving is the act of driving a motor vehicle when you are sleepy or fatigued. Drowsy driving can be deadly for the driver and for all others on the road. Drowsy driving results in slower reaction times, the ability to make good decisions, and the ability to pay sufficient attention to road conditions and traffic.
Authorities Are Looking for Fatigued, Overtired Drivers. Know the Signs
The NHTSA has announced plans to crack down on drowsy driving. Education is one of the key elements to stop drowsy driving in the United States. Along with other initiatives, the NHTSA will focus on educating drivers on the dangers of fatigued driving. You can reduce your risk of driving while drowsy by learning the warning signs of drowsy driving and taking precautions to prevent yourself from driving while drowsy.
Signs of drowsy driving include:
- Missing your turn or your exit
- Driving into the other lane
- Hitting the rumble strip or running onto the shoulder of the road
- Inability to remember the last few minutes or miles
- Blinking frequently and/or yawning frequently
- Blurry vision
If you experience any warning signs of drowsy driving, pull over immediately. Turning up the radio; drinking coffee or soda; or, rolling down the window will not help you remain alert and focused. You can prevent drowsy driving by getting sufficient sleep before driving. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking medications that can make you drowsy. If you suspect a sleep disorder that prevents you from getting the required amount of sleep each night, see a physician as soon as possible. For more information about preventing accidents from drowsy driving, you can review the information provided by the NHTSA and the National Sleep Foundation.
Do You Need Help from a Harrisburg Automobile Accident Attorney?
Contact Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP to schedule your free consultation. If you or your loved one has been injured by a drowsy driver, you deserve to receive compensation for the damages caused by the other driver’s negligent behavior. You should not be required to bear the financial burden caused by another driver.
Our car accident attorneys can help you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other compensable damages. Contact us today for a free consultation about your legal rights. We will explain how we build a strong case for you while you focus on recovering from the injuries caused by a drowsy driver.