How to Prevent Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Falling asleep while driving can result in death, injury, and catastrophic damage to ourselves as well as others. This can happen at any time of the day we may be driving. As many as 60 percent of Americans have reported driving while feeling sleepy.

It can be easy to forget that any driver, passenger, or pedestrian is at risk if this happens. Another vehicle may wander into our lane or perhaps a driver may seemingly engage in reckless behavior on the road.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of an accident, it is important for you to contact a personal injury attorney who can help prove negligence and help you seek justice.

Causes of Drowsy Driving

During the holiday season, many people will be giving up some essential sleep hours to get on the road to travel. Some other common causes of drowsy driving include:

 
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders

  • Overworked schedule, especially for truck drivers

  • Alcohol consumption

  • Side effects of some medication

  • Driving at night

Tips to Prevent You From Falling Asleep While Driving

  • Take a break every 2 hours or 100 miles

  • Avoid alcohol and medications that can cause drowsiness

  • Consume caffeine for long trips

  • Make sure you are well rested and alert before driving

Have You Fallen Asleep at the Wheel Before?

If you have fallen asleep while at the wheel, it’s important to remember that you can take steps to prevent it from happening again.

 

If you were injured because of a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. An experienced car accident attorney can help hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Dangers of Falling Asleep on the Road

Falling asleep at the wheel places you and others in immediate danger. It’s essential to exercise prevention and caution when driving. Remember that a drowsy driver can threaten your safety and cause you significant injury or harm.

 

A personal injury attorney can help assure that you receive the legal protection and financial compensation that you deserve for your injuries.

If you have sustained an injury as a result of an accident, we are here to help you. At Richard Schwartz & Associates, our team of dedicated and specialized attorneys can support and advocate on your behalf. We make it our business to ensure that you receive the individualized attention and legal help you deserve.

 

It is time that we take responsibility to value our safety and understand our rights. Let's make road safety a priority for each and every one of us. A no-fee, no-obligation consultation is just a phone call away.

 

Contact our firm at (601) 869-0696 to discuss your case today.

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