October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Texas drivers particularly at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel
Drunk driving and texting while driving are widely publicized these days, and are probably near the top of the list of concerns that drivers have if they're asked what scares them the most about sharing the road with others. But many people might overlook another danger
on the road, which is more common than people might think, especially in Texas: drowsy driving.
The Caller Times reports that Texans are especially at risk for falling asleep while driving. Sleep problems plague the nation, with a large majority of Americans not getting enough sleep each night. This results in too many people feeling sleepy while behind the wheel. According to DrowsyDriving.org, about 60 percent of people say they've felt sleepy while driving over the past year, and a frightening 37 percent of them reported falling asleep at the wheel. An accident can happen even if your eyes are closed for a moment, as in the case of a California man who fell asleep and crashed into another car, killing the other driver, reports The Press Democrat.
As dangerous as driving drunk
Teen Driver Source says that driving after staying awake for 18 hours is equivalent to driving legally drunk. A person's chances of causing an accident increase when sleepy drivers drive long distances, drive alone or drive during their normal sleeping hours, according to Burnaby Now.
Prevent this risk by only driving during the times you'd normally be awake, says AAA. Other tips to prevent drowsy driving accidents include:
-Getting a full night's rest before starting a trip.
-Taking frequent breaks to get out and walk around.
-Drinking some caffeine.
-Driving with a passenger who is awake.
Drivers need to realize that they are not invincible, and they can fall asleep even if they feel that they could never sleep in a car. Driving responsibly means ensuring you are awake and alert, to protect yourself, your passengers and others on the road.
Getting help from an attorney
Even the most careful drivers are at the mercy of others sharing the highway with them. Unfortunately, crashes
from drowsy drivers are a common event, and many people are hurt and killed each year as a result. If you've been injured by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, you may be eligible for compensation of your medical expenses. It's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are.
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