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What makes drowsy driving so dangerous?

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

A great many drivers would never think of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Calling a rideshare service might be the action scores of drivers take if they had “one too many.” And yet, an untold number of drivers take to Minnesota roads after going without sleep. Studies suggest that 24 hours without sleep is the equivalent of a blood alcohol content of .10, a figure greater than the legal limit of .08. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes how dangerous drowsy driving is.

Drowsy driving increases accident risks

Feeling tired behind the wheel is not something out of the ordinary, as drivers may finish a hard day at work, one that involved added stress and a few hours of overtime. While the reasons for feeling tired are normal and understandable, the risks might be substantial. Motor vehicle accidents caused by drowsy driving are not uncommon, and fatigued drivers might not be fully capable of avoiding a collision.

When someone feels tired, concentration might suffer, and the mind could drift. Lacking alertness, a driver might not pick up on a road hazard or oncoming traffic. Reacting properly may be impossible when too tired to respond in time.

Negligence and drowsy driving

Those assuming drowsy driving does not reflect negligent behavior could be in for a shock. Any driver who doesn’t take safety in mind may face a lawsuit if someone else is harmed.

Drivers could take wiser steps when feeling exhausted after shift work or experiencing fatigue for some other reason. In addition to the previously mentioned rideshare option, taking public transportation could be a safer strategy. Even asking a friend or relative for a ride might be better.

Some may feel they would be imposing or wasting time and money following these ideas. Even so, avoiding an accident seems like the wiser action. Negligent drivers that face a lawsuit would probably wish they could turn back the clock and not get into a car while tired. Wishful thinking won’t cover losses, but safe and smart decisions might.

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