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How drivers can avoid or deal with drowsiness

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2019 | Car Accidents |

Drivers in New York may feel compelled in some cases to drive even when they are tired. It should be kept in mind, though, that drowsy driving is a serious issue and can lead to crashes. According to a 2018 AAA study, some 9.5% of all crashes are caused by drowsy drivers.

Not getting the minimum seven hours of sleep can affect drivers in much the same way that alcohol does. The National Sleep Foundation says that being awake for 24 straight hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10. Remember that the legal limit is .08. In addition to sleep deprivation, prescription sleep aids can play a role in drowsy driving with some ignoring the direction to sleep seven to eight hours before going out.

Adequate sleep is one of the few solutions to drowsy driving. Some, however, may find that no matter how long they sleep, they feel drowsy. Others may wake up frequently at night or realize that they snore constantly. These are possible symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Those who suspect the condition will want to see their doctor.

When drowsiness is unavoidable, such as on a long trip, drivers should ideally have someone to trade spots with. If drivers cannot nap on the roadside, 150 milligrams of caffeine can benefit them.

When car accidents are the result of drowsy driving, those who are injured through no fault of their own may wonder about how they can recover damages. This is where a case evaluation from a lawyer might prove beneficial. If the case is worth pursuing, the lawyer may make use of a network of third parties, including investigators and medical experts, to build the case up. Victims might have their lawyer handle all settlement negotiations on their behalf.