Sleep is necessary and no one can function properly off of little to no sleep, no matter how hard he or she tries. Without an adequate amount of sleep, people can become irritable and frustrated and a lack of sleep can start to affect everyday life tasks such as driving. Though not the same as drunk driving, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. According to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, because of a lack of sleep, over 100,000 auto accidents happen every year, hurting over 40,000 people, annually, and resulting in 1,500 deaths. Because these accidents are underreported, auto accidents are much higher. If you or a loved one has been in an auto accident due to drowsy driving, it is invaluable to contact our experienced personal injury attorneys so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
How to Recognize Drowsy Driving
Being fatigued and driving can be a dangerous combination, without many people fully appreciating the risk of such driving. Drowsy driving is dangerous because not only does drowsiness affect your reaction time, but drowsy driving also impairs your judgment and decreases your awareness. Because of this, it is important to recognize symptoms of drowsiness so that you can decide to not drive or to pull over to a safe location so as to not cause an accident, injury or even death. These drowsy symptoms consist of:
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Drowsy driving, though not the same as drunk driving, is just as dangerous and can be just as fatal. Because tests cannot be taken to determine whether you are fatigued or not before driving, it is up to you to make the best decisions concerning whether to drive while drowsy. Because of this, it is invaluable to seek legal advice and representation if you have found yourself in an auto accident involving a drowsy driver. If you or a loved one has been in an auto accident due to drowsy driving, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at The Paris Firm serving Pomona, CA to help you with your case today.
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