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Close to 900,000 car accidents are attributed to drowsy driving each year. Accidents caused by drowsy driving result in over 1,200 deaths annually. According to a new study released by the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen and young adult drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 face increased risks of drowsy driving. This age group is almost two times more likely to be involved in a drowsy driving accident than other drivers. This dangerous driving behavior can result in decreased awareness, slower reaction times, and impaired judgment.
Falling asleep while driving is not the only indicator of drowsy driving. Drivers experiencing drowsiness can exhibit other signs of sleepiness, including frequent blinking, repeated yawning, eye rubbing, difficulty focusing, heavy eyelids, and feelings of restlessness. If a driver engages in frequent daydreaming or wandering thoughts, drowsy driving may be occurring. Drowsy drivers frequently miss turnpike exits or traffic signals. Other signs of drowsy driving are cars drifting from one lane to another, following too closely to another vehicle, and driving onto the shoulder or rumble strips.
Young drivers can take proactive steps to avoid drowsy driving. Planning to stay overnight rather than drive late at night can decrease incidences of drowsy driving. Normal waking hours for most young drivers occur between 6:00 a.m. and midnight. Drivers should pay attention to physical signs of increased sleepiness, including drooping eyelids, increased blinking, and yawning. When a driver notices these physical reactions, they should abstain from driving. Drivers can fight off drowsiness by engaging in conversation with passengers in their car and only driving at night when there is another person who is awake in the car. By taking breaks from driving every 100 miles or every two hours, drivers can reduce the likelihood of drowsy driving. Using these breaks to take a nap or engage in some exercise is beneficial to all drivers.
Drowsy driving has resulted in lifelong or fatal injuries for drivers, car passengers, and pedestrians. Significant physical injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, damage to internal organs, paralysis or other back injuries, and neurological damage have all resulted from drowsy driving accidents. Individuals who suffer physical injuries resulting from motor vehicle collisions may be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of damages. The first step in obtaining compensation for injuries is to contact an experienced Haddonfield car accident lawyer.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, the experienced Haddonfield car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar are here to help. We aggressively represent injured individuals and their families seeking compensation for car accident injuries. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve injured individuals throughout Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and nationwide. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 856-470-9777 or contact us online.