Studies have shown that drowsy driving is causing more car accidents than ever before, despite a significant increase in awareness of the issue. One of the issues is that while people begin to accept that drowsy drowsing can be as dangerous as drunk driving, they do not believe that they themselves are driving drowsy.
For this reason, we want everyone to understand how serious drowsy driving is and what the common symptoms are. Read on to learn about them. If you have questions, or if you have been in an accident and need to talk to an attorney, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Drifting from Your Lane
If you find that you are drifting from your lane, swerving, hitting the rumble strips, or you find yourself tailgating all of a sudden, these are signs that you are more tired than you realize. You do not have to do all of these to be showing signs of fatigue. You could drift from your lane a single time and cause a serious or even deadly accident.
You Cannot Remember the Last Few Miles
If you find yourself snapping out of a “trance” in which you don’t clearly remember the last few miles you have driven, or you have missed exits or traffic signs, then it is time to get off the road. These are all signs that you are not awake enough to drive.
You Find Yourself Yawning or Your Mood Has Changed
If you are yawning over and over again then you are tired – it is that simple. If you feel restless, are getting irritable and impatient with other drivers, or have become aggressive, then you may be too tired to be on the road. If you repeatedly daydream so much that you are not totally focused on the road, if you are having trouble focusing your mind or your eyes, or if you are blinking over and over again, then these are all signs that you are tired.
What to Do If You Have Been Involved in an Accident Due to Someone Else’s Drowsy Driving
Knowing signs that you are drowsy can help you prevent causing an accident but it cannot help you prevent strangers from making these mistakes. If you have been injured in a car accident in which another person was drowsy then you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against them. This could cover your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
The first step to find out if you have a case or not is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. This initial consultation is entirely free, confidential, and without risk. If we decide to take on your case, we will do so on a contingency basis that assures you do not owe us any legal fees until we win your case.