Between things like work, school and an endless number of streaming services, it can be hard to get enough sleep on a regular basis. Just because something is difficult does not mean that it is impossible or not important, though. Delaware drivers who are well rested are actually more likely to be safe on the road. Drowsy driving on the other hand is a leading factor in car accidents.
Drowsy driving kills
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — NHTSA — estimates that drowsy drivers injure approximately 71,000 people and kill another 1,550 every year. Annually, at least 100,000 police-reported crashes can be traced back to drowsy drivers, too. Drowsy driving shares many of the same dangerous symptoms as drunk driving, including:
- Blurred vision
- Poor decision-making
- Slowed reaction times
Who is most likely to drive tired?
Anyone of any age or background can get behind the wheel without a sufficient amount of sleep. However, drivers who have to travel long distances are more likely to end up drowsy behind the wheel. If a driver’s vision begins to blur or he or she briefly nods off, it is a clear indication that it is time to pull over and get some sleep or let someone else take over driving duties.
Anyone who has suffered a serious injury in a car accident knows just how difficult the recovery period can be. On top of dealing with physical pain and emotional trauma, financial strain from medical bills and lost wages can make any victim’s situation feel hopeless. In Delaware, victims can choose to take action against negligent drivers — including drowsy drivers — who caused their accidents. Successfully navigating a personal injury claim to completion can even help secure invaluable compensation for their damages.