The statistics are alarming. In 2007, death rates were approximately 3.2 times higher at night than during the day. Of drivers surveyed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37% admitted that they have fallen asleep at least once while behind the wheel.
As a driver. it is important to recognize certain symptoms of fatigue. According to the National Safety Council, these symptoms include:
- Eyes closing or going out of focus
- Persistent yawning
- Irritability, restlessness, and impatience
- Wandering or disconnected thoughts
- Inability to remember driving the last few miles
- Drifting between lanes or onto shoulder
- Abnormal speed, tailgating, or failure to obey traffic signs
- Back tension, burning eyes, shallow breathing or inattentiveness
Unfortunately, no matter how safe of a driver you are, you are always at risk of being involved in a car accident caused by someone else who is driving drowsy. An experienced Southern California car accident attorney can help you hold the responsible party liable and seek the compensation that you deserve.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, you should contact our office at (800) 989-6385.
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