The Dangers of Drowsy Driving
The dangers of drunk driving are well known. People are also starting to recognize the dangers associated with distracted driving, which often involves drivers texting or talking on their phones. One type of danger, however, that doesn’t get the public recognition that it deserves is drowsy driving, also called fatigued driving. It can be just as dangerous as drunk or distracted driving. In fact, 100,000 crashes a year are caused by fatigued drivers, and research has shown that one out of every six crashes involves a drowsy driver.
A large percentage of drivers report that they have driven while so tired that they had trouble keeping their eyes open. Statistics show that men and younger drivers are more likely to engage in this dangerous behavior than women or older drivers.
Drowsy drivers are often not aware how quickly their situation can change: closing your eyes for even a split-second can cause you to crash or lose control of your vehicle. Wrecks involving drowsy drivers can be especially severe because drivers asleep at the wheel are not able to take any action to avoid a crash or mitigate the damage.
If you plan to take a long drive, make sure to get rest before setting out on your trip. Driving at night is always more dangerous, especially if that is when your body is used to relaxing and sleeping. If you feel tired or fatigued, you should pull over and get some rest.
While some states have laws to deal with fatigued driving, Oklahoma does not. While drowsy drivers may not be subject to the same penalties as drunk drivers, they are still responsible for any damage or injury caused by their actions.
If you have been hurt by a drowsy driver in a car or a fatigued driver operating a truck, you need the help of an experienced attorney. The car accident attorneys at the firm of Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons in Oklahoma City can help you pursue all available damages under the law. Contact us today to arrange your free initial consultation.