Drowsy and Sleep Deprived Drivers Cause Florida Collisions
People in the state of Florida and around the country are injured because of drowsy drivers. This is because tired car operators can cause car collisions. When drivers are exhausted and their minds are occupied by family obligations and professional deadlines, there are risks to everyone on the road, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, cars, and trucks.
If you or someone you are close to has been injured because of recklessness on the part of a sleep deprived driver, you need a qualified personal injury lawyer working for you. A seasoned attorney can assess the situation and determine if you have a strong claim.
Why Exhausted Drivers Are Dangerous
Everyone knows that driving after drinking alcohol is dangerous, but it is less common for individuals to recognize the risks of sleep deprivation. In reality, the impact of not sleeping is similar to the effects of drinking alcoholic beverages. When a person stays awake for 18 hours, it has been reported that that individual’s driving ability is similar to that of an individual with a blood alcohol level of .05. Then, the impact of no sleep rises from there. When a person is up for 24 hours, it is estimated the individual is driving the same as a person with a blood alcohol level of .10, which is legally intoxicated.
The risks can be heightened again if the drowsy driver was unable to sleep the night before and opted to take a sleep aid. The majority of sleep aids need at least seven hours to move through a person’s systems. Too often, a person who is unable to sleep takes a sleep aid and still can’t sleep so they take to the roads, they can then be an extremely high risk.
Tips to Stay Alert and Safe
Staying safe on the roads means driving when you are focused, awake, and alert. The following tips can help.
- If you are too tired, reschedule your trip and use the open time frame to get your needed rest.
- Listen to your body signals. If you need to pull over and rest, do so.
- When another is in the car who is awake and a licensed driver, pull over and let them take over driving duties if you are exhausted.
Taking precautions can help, but it is impossible to control the behavior of other drivers. So, accidents are always possible. But if you have been injured, there are ways to secure a financial compensation package to pay off accident expenses if another was at fault. Talk to a knowledgeable Florida car accident attorney to learn about your options.
Were you injured in an accident with a drowsy Florida driver? When another is negligent, you are not responsible for all of the expenses connected to the collision. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer at Roman & Roman to understand your rights. Schedule your free consultation today. Contact us today in Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa.