It is dangerous to drive on roads in New York or anywhere else in the United States if you’re tired. Researchers have found that those who attempt to drive while tired are three times more likely to get into an accident. This is because it is harder to pay attention to your surroundings or react to hazards in a timely manner. Let’s take a look at some things you can do to avoid drowsy driving.
Create healthy sleep habits
Research has found that more than half of accidents involving drowsy drivers are caused by those under the age of 25. It has also been estimated that college students sleep for less than six hours per night on average. An adult needs at least seven hours of sleep each night according to the Sleep Research Society. If you are in college, your school may offer resources to help you get adequate rest. Regardless of your age, your employer may also be able to provide resources to help you sleep better.
Know the signs of fatigued driving
If you are having trouble holding your head up or keeping your eyes open, you should not operate a motor vehicle. The same is true if you can’t stop yawning or you are struggling to remember where you’re going. Failing to maintain a consistent speed and stay in the proper lane are also signs that you should find a safe place to stop and take a quick nap.
Tired driving can have a significant human and financial cost
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 100,000 drowsy driving accidents reported by police each year. Annually, these crashes result in 1,550 deaths and $109 billion in economic losses without accounting for losses caused by property damage.
Those who are hurt in motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. An attorney may be able to help you obtain a favorable settlement or jury award in your personal injury case.