Drowsy Driving – When Should You Pull Over

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Sometimes it seems like we really don’t have many options. We have to get to where we need to go and if we’re tired that doesn’t usually stop us from getting behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is a serious issue on the road and it leads to many accidents. The trouble is that most adults feel like sleeping can wait until they get to their destination. Sometimes these adults feel as though they’re on a time crunch and they absolutely can’t stop.

20% of adults admit that they’ve dosed or drifted when behind the wheel and 40% have acknowledged that they’ve driven drowsy at least once during their driving careers. That’s not even the most startling of statistics. Drowsy drivers are three times more likely to get into a wreck and each year there are over 100,000 police reports that cite drowsy driving as a main issue. Drowsy driving accidents result in at least 1,500 fatalities each year and tens of thousands of injuries. If you’re involved in an accident due to driving while fatigued, you should contact our Florida car accident attorneys right away

Tired Driving Myths

What is ironic is that many tired driving myths coincide directly with people thinking they can get out of breathalyzer test.  The most common one is not chewing minty gum will keep you awake, but when you’re so drowsy that your behind-the-wheel chewing gum might just lead to choking behind the wheel.

 

Other myths include that being a safe driver is enough. But, being a safe driver isn’t enough when you’re intoxicated and it certainly isn’t enough when you’re sleepy. There’s also the common excuse that adult simply can’t take naps. But, if you’re so tired that you’re going to pass out for eight hours the moment you close your eyes then your body needs that time to rest and recover. It is highly likely that you won’t sleep for hours in a parking lot.

What are the Signs That You’re Too Tired To Drive

If you are constantly blinking with force, can’t remember the last few miles or the last exit you passed then you are probably too tired to drive.  Other common signs include having trouble keeping your head up, drifting from Lane to lane or heading a rumble strip. The very purpose of rumble strips is to alert sleepy or distracted drivers that they’re leaving the roadway.

 

Driving, although it seems second nature to experience drivers, is a complex activity that requires you to make split-second decisions and each passing minute you are hurtling down the freeway at 60 or more miles per hour. If you are exhibiting any of the sign of being tired including yawning or feeling restless then it’s time to pull over.

What Does the Sleep Foundation Recommend?

Of course, the Sleep Foundation does recommend getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep before you jump into the car. But they’re also pretty realistic and that not everyone has the opportunity to get a full night’s rest before they start driving for long stretches of time.

 

If you can have a buddy with you so that you can  take turns driving whenever one of you is too tired and the other can nap in the passenger seat.

 

They finally suggest taking the opportunity to pull over and taking a 20-minute nap or drinking caffeine to improve alertness. If you take a nap then wait 15 minutes before getting on the road. Step out and walk around the parking lot for a few minutes, stretch, or play an engaging game on your phone to keep your mind active. If you’re drinking caffeine then wait for 15 minutes before getting back to driving.

Fight Drowsy Driving with Skilled Auto Accident Attorneys in Tampa

Drowsy driving is one of those Reckless behaviors where victims might be able to pursue a lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver. We all know the dangers of drowsy driving and we all know that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. So what can you do in a state where you really should only pursue compensation from insurance that you pay for it?

 

With the help of skilled car collision attorneys in Tampa at Winters & Yonker you can get the support you need to pursue an aggressive path toward compensation. Whether that compensation comes from your personal injury protection plan or from the at-fault driver depends on the situation and the extreme neck of the reckless behavior.  Often drowsy driving is not independent but comes with other factors such as intoxicated driving, and distracted driving. When you have many of these elements combining together you’ll need legal help to prove each one. Contact Winters & Yonker today to start your Tampa claim.

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