Drowsy driving contributes to several car accidents whereby victims sustain severe injuries or even fatalities.
Unfortunately, many drivers fall asleep behind the wheel or drive their cars fatigued, and they’re more likely to cause an accident than most people realize.
Common causes of drowsy driving
Anybody can make a mistake and get behind the wheel while tired. However, some of the common causes of drowsiness include:
- Failing to get enough sleep
- Untreated sleep disorders
- Driving for long hours
- Medications that cause drowsiness
- Alcohol-impaired drowsiness
- Working for long hours
- Signs that a driver was drowsy while driving
Considering the things that can go wrong when driving while tired, if the driver of the other car was drowsy, then they may have caused the accident or at least had a role in your collision. You may be able to tell if the other driver was drowsy when:
- They were blinking or yawning a lot
- They were swerving out of their lane
- They slammed onto a roadside rumble strip
- The driver admitted they were dozing off
- The driver was getting too close to the car in front
- The driver has a hard time maintaining eye contact
You can do your part to avoid drowsy driving accidents by making sure that you never get behind the wheel when you’re too tired to operate a vehicle safely – but there’s nothing you can do about other drivers. If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, consider seeking compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wage and property damage.