Falling asleep behind the wheel is a very serious problem. Did you know that tired drivers account for about 20% car accidents? Unfortunately, these crashes can often have catastrophic or even fatal consequences.
According to several studies, including one by AAA, drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving drunk. This is because sleep deprivation affects concentration, judgment, and slows down awareness and reaction time.
These some of the risk factors that contribute to tired driving:
- Driving for long stretches or monotonous roads
- Erratic work schedules for shift workers
- Poor sleeping habits
- Sleep disorders
- Taking medications that cause drowsiness
Driving requires all of your attention and all drivers need to be able to spot potential dangers that on the road. When drivers are falling asleep or are not as attentive because they're tire, they place themselves and others at risks for suffering serious harm.
Tips to Protect Yourself
In a city like Las Vegas that boasts a 24-hour culture, you may find plenty of drivers who try to push their limits, taking to the road at all hours at any circumstances. While you may not be able to control the actions of others, there are steps you can take to help keep yourself safe on the road, which may be especially useful if you are planning a long trip.
Our safety tips:
- Get plenty of rest the night before
- Take frequent breaks or visit rest stops
- Stop driving if you become sleepy; pull over and rest
- Avoid driving at hours when you know you may be sleepy
- Report drivers who are swerving to the police
Swerving and other erratic maneuvers could indicate either a drunk or tired driver—so be sure to keep an eye out. You can help contribute to keeping the roads safe for all!
If you would like to get in touch with our Las Vegas car accident attorneys, or if you were in a collision with a tired driver, call Shook & Stone and schedule a free, personalized case evaluation.