Drowsy driving not only causes many Syracuse car accidents but represents one of the leading reasons vehicle crashes happen across the U.S. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drowsy driving accidents are eight times higher compared to previous estimates provided by federal traffic agencies. What makes drowsy driving such an under reported issue is the difficulty in determining whether drowsiness caused a driver to fall asleep at the wheel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that three out of every 10 adults in the U.S. do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep every night.
If you are struggling to keep your eyes open while driving in Syracuse, are drifting too far to the right or left of your lane and can’t remember driving the last one or two miles, you should not be driving.
When taking long trips and especially if you must drive many miles on the interstate, try to schedule breaks every 100 miles or every two hours, travel with a passenger who can take turns driving and don’t underestimate the ability of a quick nap to revive you. Just 30 to 45 minutes of dozing has been shown to dramatically reduce drowsiness and the possibility of falling asleep at the wheel.
Drowsy drivers are responsible for car crashes every year in Syracuse. If you have been the victim of a sleepy, reckless driver operating a motor vehicle and suffered serious physical injuries, call the Syracuse car accident lawyers at William Mattar today to make a free initial consultation appointment. You may be entitled to receive compensation for damages.