A study recently conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. According to data from the study, if drivers get one to two hours less sleep than they should, it doubles their risk of being in a car wreck. If drivers lose two or three hours of sleep, they have the same accident risk as drunk drivers. Per the study, on average, annually in the US more than one of every five fatal auto accidents involves drowsy driving.
Tips to Avoid Drowsy Driving
The National Sleep Foundation and AAA provide tips for drivers about how to avoid drowsy driving, including:
- Drink coffee
- Try to avoid eating heavy foods
- If you are going on a long road trip, drive with a companion if possible
- Do not take prescription or over-the-counter medications that can cause drowsiness
- On long road trips, make rest stops every couple of hours or 100 miles
- If possible, only drive at times when you would normally be awake
- Make sure to get enough rest before getting behind the wheel
For injury victims and the families of fatal accident victims who were injured because of another driver’s negligence, such as drowsy driving, pursuing a personal injury claim may be the best option for bringing the negligent driver to justice. Filing an injury lawsuit allows victims and families to hold negligent drivers and their insurance companies accountable, including securing financial help for medical bills, lost income, physical therapy and funeral expenses.