Drivers like you face a number of risky situations on the road. Many of these situations come about due to the recklessness of other drivers. Driving while intoxicated is a well known example of that.
But what about drowsy driving? Did you know that drowsy driving is actually one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving behavior out there?
Falling asleep at the wheel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examine the risks inherent in drowsy driving. First, it puts you at risk of falling asleep at the wheel. A driver cannot react to any situational dangers when unconscious. Many accidents that result in heavy injury or fatalities stem from drivers falling asleep. They may run over the meridian into oncoming traffic on the freeway. Many drive off the road entirely, too.
Why drowsy driving happens so often
Next, many people drive drowsy. It simply does not have the same stigma that driving intoxicated holds. Not to mention, there are barely any laws that address drowsy driving directly. This emboldens drivers, along with stories of other people driving drowsy and getting safely to their destination. Unfortunately, the more drowsy drivers there are on the road, the higher your chances of crashing.
Even if a drowsy driver does not fall asleep, sleep deprivation often impacts the body in the same way intoxication does. Drowsy drivers often struggle with concentration and reflexes. They struggle to react to dangers and have slow response times to their surroundings.
If you got into a crash with a drowsy driver, consider contacting a legal professional. They can help you through the next steps as you seek compensation.