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Drowsy driving is more dangerous than many believe

Getting enough sleep can have a number of benefits. You may have more energy, have mood improvements and have better health overall. Another important benefit of getting enough rest means that you have a greater ability to remain focused on any tasks you may need to complete.

Having focus is particularly important when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, not everyone considers drowsy driving as risky as it really is. As a result, they may get behind the wheel after having a restless night and not think about the danger they present to themselves and other travelers on the roadways.

How dangerous is it?

Though some people may not feel concerned about yawning while driving, drowsy driving can actually prove fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowsy driving led to 800 deaths in 2013. In that same year, this problem led to 44,000 injuries and 72,000 car accidents. It was also noted that the possibility exists that drowsy driving is underestimated and could lead up to 6,000 fatal accidents annually.

Are you drowsy?

Getting enough rest is vital to making sure that you do not feel too tired to drive. Of course, you may feel fine when you start your journey and become sleepy later on. If you experience any of the following indicators of drowsy driving, you should get off the road until well rested:

  • Missing your exit
  • Frequently yawning or blinking
  • Drifting into other lanes of traffic or onto the shoulder of the road
  • Not remembering having driven the last few miles

You may also want to remember that you may have a greater chance of feeling fatigued behind the wheel if you work a long shift or are on the night shift, have simply not gotten enough sleep, have a sleep disorder, or have taken a medication that may make you drowsy.

Did a drowsy driver cause your injury?

Because you understand the risks of drowsy driving, you undoubtedly do your best to get enough rest before driving and pull off the road when you feel tired. Unfortunately, your proactive measures may not prevent you from suffering injuries in an accident caused by someone else who was driving while fatigued. If this has happened to you, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the driver in order to seek compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, and other damages permitted under California state law.

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