This is an advertisement

This Is Where People Come To Start Healing

Driving while drowsy, a dangerous trend

Drowsy driving is to blame for 9.5% of all car accidents, according to a AAA study made back in 2018. In a survey, also conducted by AAA, nearly one third of respondents admitted to having trouble keeping their eyes open behind the wheel at least once in the previous month. Kentucky residents should know that this trend is growing and is also, where there are no comprehensive public transit systems, inevitable.

Yet drivers can reduce the risk for a crash by taking precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seven hours of sleep every night. Even drivers feel tired even with that, they may have a disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. Also, if they take medications like antidepressants, antihistamines or muscle relaxers, these will naturally cause drowsiness. They may ask their doctor about changing the timing of each dose.

On long trips, drivers may want a companion who can take over periodically. When alone, drivers may consider pulling over for a nap: any longer than 20 minutes, though, and drivers are liable to wake up groggy. Next, drivers can increase their alertness, albeit for only a few hours, with 150 mg of caffeine. A 12-ounce coffee contains 142 mg. Lastly, drivers should know the signs of drowsiness: drooping eyelids, constant yawning and so on.

Since drowsy driving is negligent, those who cause a motor vehicle accident in their drowsiness will be at fault. Of course, both parties may be at fault to some degree, in which case the courts will distribute that fault. This might affect the chances of recovering damages, so accident victims may want to retain a lawyer if they are serious about filing a claim. Personal injury lawyers often have a network of professionals who can help build a case up, including crash investigators.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

We’re Ready To Answer Your Questions

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Main Office
909 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Phone: 502-257-5417
Fax: 502-633-6762
Shelbyville Law Office Map

McClure Building
306 East Main Street
Suite 605
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 502-220-4439
Frankfort Law Office Map