November 2 through November 9 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. Though it might not seem that dangerous to hit the road if you’re feeling tired, fatigue creates dangerous driving conditions, with car accident risk increasing the longer you’re behind the wheel without sufficient rest.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 20 hours without sleep is equivalent to having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 – the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. Drowsy driving diminishes the ability to drive safely by increasing the risk of reckless behavior such as:
- Drifting from your lane
- Inattention to the road, signs and signals, exits, and more
- Longer reaction time
- Wandering thoughts
- Nodding your head and shutting your eyes, even for a second.
Before driving for a long distance, try to get enough sleep so you can feel refreshed. A traveling companion can also help you stay awake, watch the road, and relieve you of driving duties if you’re too tired.
If you’re in the middle of a long drive and you start to feel drowsy, get off the road as soon as possible. Many people fail to realize they’re on the verge of falling asleep at the wheel until it’s too late and they end up causing a car accident.
Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1 304-865-8530 today to speak with our Morgantown car accident attorneys if you were injured in a wreck caused by a drowsy driver.