Driving While Tired
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 1,500 deaths are caused each year as a result of overly-tired drivers. In addition, fatigued drivers cause over 100,000 police-reported crashes, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in financial losses annually.
In order to keep yourself, your loved ones, and others on the road safe, it is important to never drive while tired. To prevent fatigued driving:
- Get plenty of sleep. Especially if you are planning a long trip, make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before. Experts recommend that adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
- Take a friend along for long trips. A passenger can take over driving if you are too fatigued to continue. In addition, a companion can help monitor a driver’s condition for warning signs of fatigue.
- Take frequent breaks. Even if you do not feel tired, plan to take breaks at least every two hours or 100 miles.
- Avoid medications that cause drowsiness. Do not take a medication that causes drowsiness before driving, and never take a medication before driving if you do not know how it will affect your mental condition.
- Never drink and drive. It is never a smart decision to consume alcohol before driving, but even small amounts of alcohol can increase the symptoms of fatigue and the risk of a crash.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash caused by a negligent, fatigued driver, you deserve to seek compensation for your losses from the responsible party. Contact the Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.