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Driving Drowsy Kills: Tips to Prevent Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Driving Drowsy Kills: Tips to Prevent Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Car accidents caused by fatigued drivers may be more common than you think. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2013, roughly 72,000 car accidents occurred due to sleepy drivers. As a result, 800 people suffered fatal injuries while 44,000 others suffered other serious harms.

Still, drowsy driving accidents remain one of the most underreported causes of crashes. No matter what the causes of these crashes may be, drowsy driving is extremely hazardous and can affect a person in the following ways:

  • Reduces a driver’s ability to react
  • Inhibits a person’s ability to make decisions
  • Decreases an individual’s alertness and attention

Persons who are experiencing drowsiness while driving may experience the following symptoms:

  • Excessive yawning
  • Trouble remembering portions of a route
  • Drifting from the lane
  • Running over rumble strips
  • Frequent blinking
  • Daydreaming
  • Disconnected thoughts

How Can I Prevent Myself From Driving While Fatigued?

Many people who are involved in drowsy driving accidents do not believe they are able to fall asleep at the wheel. However, falling asleep at the wheel is not the only cause of accidents. To prevent any kind of fatigued driving accident, consider the following helpful tips:

  1. Make sure to get the right amount of sleep before driving.
  2. If you get too sleepy while driving, pull over and take a short nap.
  3. If you are experiencing drowsiness before driving, take a short nap before getting on the road.
  4. Grab a caffeinated beverage before or during your driver.
  5. Refrain from taking any medications that may promote drowsiness.
  6. Refrain from drinking alcohol before driving. This can amplify the effects of drowsiness.

Injured in an Accident Caused By a Drowsy Driver?

If you have been involved in any kind of car accident, including one caused by a fatigued driver, it is important that you seek experienced legal advocacy right away. At The Daspit Law Firm, our Austin car accident lawyers can help you pursue financial compensation for any medical expenses, physical harms, lost wages, and emotional distresses you may acquire as a result of your accident. We are passionate about providing our clients with aggressive and fearless representation and can put a seasoned team on your side of the courtroom.

Call our Austin car accident attorneys today! You won’t pay a single penny unless we win your case.