Georgia residents should know that drowsy driving is a fast-growing public health concern. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine conducted a Sleep Prioritization Survey asking 2,003 U.S. adults whether they have had trouble keeping their eyes open while driving. Forty-five percent replied that they have.
Drowsy drivers make poorer decisions and react more slowly than others. This is why drowsy driving is behind so many car crashes. In fact, it causes some 6,400 fatal crashes every year in the U.S., according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers can avoid drowsiness, though, with the following tips given by the AASM.
First, they must obtain adequate sleep: Experts say a minimum of seven hours every night. It must be healthy, regular sleep. If drivers are continually, excessively sleepy, then they may have a sleep disorder and should see their doctor right away.
To reduce the risk for drowsiness, avoid driving at night or taking long trips alone. If drivers must travel alone for a long stretch, then they should keep awake with caffeinated beverages. When they notice the symptoms of sleepiness, such as constant yawning, lane drifting and trouble remembering exits, they should pull over for a nap. Rolling down the windows and turning up the music are useless in combating fatigue.
When drowsy driving leads to car accidents, it can lead also to personal injury claims. It can be hard, though, to prove that the other side was drowsy because it’s something one can lie to the police about. Victims who were not at fault for a crash might want to speak with a lawyer before filing their claim. The lawyer may assist with every step, including the gathering of evidence and the negotiating of a settlement. Successful claims might cover things like medical bills and vehicle repair costs.