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Tired driving is seriously risky

It's a dark and stormy night, and driving conditions are already compromised. A person just gets off of a long shift or decides to drive home for the weekend after staying up to study for a test. Despite being very tired, they decide to get behind the wheel and drive. Suddenly, a car in front of them stops short, but they are too sleepy to react correctly, causing them to crash into it.

Whether during a rainy night or the middle of the day, sleepy driving is a dangerous choice. Unfortunately, people choose to drive sleepy every year, leading to thousands of car accidents. Many of these accidents result in death or serious injuries for the victims, as well as thousands of dollars in damages.

Everyone gets sleepy at inconvenient times, and some individuals work, live or serve on schedules that do not allow for dependable sleep. Still, it is important for drivers to be mindful of their own sleepiness before getting behind the wheel.

How can you plan ahead for sleepiness?

Potential drowsy driving risks can be addressed by some pre-planning. It may be as simple as addressing how you sleep or the mattress you sleep on. It may also relate to your occupation. Let's say you work an overnight shift and regularly find yourself sleepy when it is time to go home. You may need to consider a number of options.

The first consideration is whether you necessarily have to drive to and from work at all. You may have fairly available public transportation that can keep you from driving your commute altogether. You may also be able to use some alternative private transportation, like group ride-sharing. While these options are not free, they may be roughly as expensive as paying for the gas to drive the commute, if not less.

In isolated instances where you anticipate sleepiness, like staying up all night to study for a test before driving home from school, you may plan to rest somewhere specific before driving.

When drivers get sleepy while driving

If drivers get sleepy while driving, they have more limited options. They definitely should make it a priority to get off the road until they can drive safely. They may stop at a gas station or market for a coffee, or something else that increases their alertness. Sometimes, the mere act of getting out of the car and shaking out one's limbs helps increase alertness.

If they cannot safely increase their alertness, drivers should consider either resting somewhere safe off the road, or using a ride-sharing service to go somewhere where it is safe to rest.

Should you experience a car crash, such as an accident caused by another driver failing to take proper measures to avoid being sleepy out on the roads, reach out to an experienced attorney to make sure that you know how to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

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