This month the CDC released a new study titled, “Drowsy Driving and Risk Behaviors” and found that 25% of fatal motor vehicle accidents involve drowsy driving. It’s important to know the risk factors for drowsy driving to keep yourself safe on the road. Below you’ll find a list of risk factors and prevention tips.
You Are at Risk for Drowsy Driving If You:
- Regularly get less than 6 hours of sleep at night
- Have sleep problems such as snoring or sleep apnea
- Are a male under the age of 25
- Binge drink once a month or more (4-5 drinks)
- Don’t wear your seat belt regularly
Identifying with even one of these risk factors makes you at least 2 times more susceptible to drowsy driving. It’s also important to understand the warning signs of drowsy driving. If you notice any of the following warning signs, switch drivers or take a break and rest before you continue driving.
Warning Signs You Are Too Tired To Drive
- Frequent blinking or heavy eyelids
- Difficulty focusing - not remembering the last few miles, missing exits or turns
- Turning up the radio or rolling down the windows to stay awake
- Drifting from your lane or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
- Slower reaction time or impaired judgment
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If you’ve been injured in a drowsy driving accident due to the mistake of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation and benefits to pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. The Georgia personal injury attorneys at The Brown Firm understand the importance of first-rate customer service, so you’ll work directly with a lawyer and team who will help you understand your legal options and fight for what you deserve.
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1. 1. Drowsy Driving and Risk Behaviors – 10 States and Puerto Rico. July 4, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6326a1.htm