The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

In recent years, a lot of focus has been on preventing drunk driving and distracted driving to increase safety on our roads. However, many people forget to address the risks of drowsy driving. Driving while overly fatigued is highly dangerous and regularly results in serious car and truck accidents. If you believe a drowsy driver caused your traffic crash, consult with a personal injury lawyer in Upland as soon as possible.

Impairments from Drowsiness

Impaired driving is usually associated with alcohol or drugs. However, fatigue can cause serious driving impairments, many of which are similar to being under the influence of alcohol. In California, the law presumes you are impaired when you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. Many people may feel the effects of alcohol with a lower BAC. Keeping that in mind, the National Sleep Foundation reports the following:

  • When you are awake for 18 hours, you may experience impairments equal to 0.05 BAC
  • When you are awake for 24 hours, you may experience impairment equal to 0.10 BAC

Some people may get a poor nights sleep, work a double shift, and then get in their cars to drive home afterward without considering how tired they are. Such fatigue can cause the following:

  • Slower reactions
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of focus
  • Blurry vision

People with sleep disorders can also experience microsleeps, which are involuntary episodes of unconsciousness that can last from one second up to five or ten seconds. During these microsleeps, drivers can certainly crash and cause devastating damage.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Upland for More Information

If a negligent driver caused you harm, you should discuss how to proceed with an Upland personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Brian Brandt. Please call 800.983.4467 or contact us online for free today.

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