Almost every driver would admit to getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while a sleepy from time to time. However, there are times when a person is more than just a little tired, and getting behind the wheel is a little dangerous. Drowsy driving is risky, and while it may seem rather benign, it can have fatal implications for every person on Florida roads.
Most people would say that they are tired at any given time, and for some, lack of sleep over an extended period of time could impact the way that they drive. In fact, estimates suggest that a few thousand people die every year because of accidents related to drowsy driving.
The root of the problem
Americans are busy and overworked, and many people sacrifice their sleep in order to get more done. This is an unhealthy habit that could lead to much more than just a feeling of sleepiness. Back in 2015, studies showed that fatal motor vehicle accidents were up almost eight percent. It is reasonable to suggest that this number may be even higher now, and many agree that drowsy driving is an issue that is not going away any time soon.
Researchers find that studying this issue is rather complex, but their efforts have revealed the following about this dangerous issue threatening the safety of every driver:
- Drowsy is difficult to quantify. There is no accepted scale of tiredness or way to measure how tired a driver is.
- Law enforcement officers do not have training to recognize signs of distracted driving and how to spot a drowsy driver during a traffic stop.
- Experts now consider drowsy driving to be a type of impaired driving, much like drunk driving or distracted driving.
Like other types of reckless driving, drowsy driving can lead to serious accidents and severe or fatal injuries. If you are a victim of an accident caused by a driver who was overly tired, you have rights.
Protecting the interests of innocent drivers
The fact is that drowsy driving is a type of negligent behavior that is completely unacceptable and completely preventable. Innocent people who experience the negative impact of this irresponsible action have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
It is possible to hold a drowsy driver accountable for the harm caused by his or her actions. One of the most beneficial things that you can do in your effort to seek compensation is to reach out for help as soon as possible after an accident.