According to an AAA study, drowsy driving may be a contributing factor in one out of every 10 car accidents, making tired driving a bigger problem than previously assumed. Only 1% to 2% of traffic collisions, according to previous estimates, were caused by drowsy drivers. The study, however, investigated a broader group of drivers and was more detailed than earlier studies.
The AAA study’s findings are the result of monitoring 3,500 motorists between 2010 and 2013. Over 700 accidents involving the drivers under observation occurred throughout the study period, and fatigued driving was found to be a contributing factor in as many as 9.5% of the collisions. More than 10% of collisions that involve significant results were connected to drowsy driving, including injury or airbag deployment.
Ways to Avoid Drowsy Driving Accidents
Managing time well. Learning to delegate tasks and managing your schedule can be very beneficial to you. Getting enough time to sleep every day before heading out to work or wherever, is very important and can help you avoid any road accidents, especially drowsy driving.
Practicing good sleep hygiene. Having a regular nighttime routine helps you relax and destress. It is important to remember to turn off screens at least an hour before bedtime and avoid eating in the hours before bedtime, as this can affect your sleep. Having a bedroom that is clean, comfortable, and has a good temperature can also ensure proper rest.
Taking sleep deprivation as seriously as drunk driving. Take the time to evaluate yourself before hitting the road. If you are very tired or having trouble keeping your eyes open, do not drive. Take a taxi or get drive with someone else or get enough rest first. It is never worth the risk to nod off at the wheel and cause a collision.
Going to a doctor if you constantly feel tired. Constant tiredness can be a symptom of an underlying disorder. Fatigue can be a sign of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, which can be dangerous to people who always need to drive. This requires attention and treatment.
The focus on drowsy driving has not been as extensive in part because it is difficult to prove when a driver is fatigued or closing his or her eyes. If you have been injured by someone else’s drowsy driving, it is crucial to consult and work with a car accident attorney. An attorney with experience in these cases can work with accident reconstruction experts, investigators, and other professionals to help find the evidence needed to strengthen your case.
You can reach out to Darfoor Law Firm for a free consultation. Rest assured that we will help you in car accident cases and give you the best service you deserve. Contact us at +1-833-327-3667.