Nearly 60 percent of people have driven drowsy in the United States, and over 30 percent have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their life. Many assume that they can overcome drowsiness and drive safely while tired. However, exhaustion can dangerously impair any driver, no matter what.
Staying awake for 18 hours has the same effect on your driving as a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.05 percent (an 0.08 percent BAC is the legal limit for drunk driving). Medications, sleep disorders, exhaustive work, and other sources of sleep deprivation can all cause the same level of impairment, and render it unsafe to be behind the wheel.
If you display any of the following symptoms of drowsiness, you should stay off the road or ask a friend to drive:
Sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to drive even if you aren’t fully rested. You should do your best to avoid being tired in the first place and get a good night’s sleep, but if you decide to drive drowsy despite the risks, there are several things you should remember.
Drowsy driving accounts for 328,000 accidents a year in the United States, over a third of which involve injury or death. If you’ve been a victim of an auto accident caused by the negligent actions of a drowsy driver, you deserve an adept Arizona attorney. Escamilla Law Group is dedicated to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. So don’t wait, schedule a free consultation today by contacting us at (623) 321-0566.
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