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Drowsy driving is no different from drunk driving

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2021 | Personal Injury |

It is not uncommon for people in Louisiana to drive while they are feeling sleepy. Unfortunately, many people believe that drowsy driving is less dangerous than drunk driving. This may be true in some situations, but it’s not as safe as you might think.

Why is drowsy driving so dangerous?

When you drive while you’re tired, your reaction times slow down, and you become more likely to drift out of our lane. You also have a hard time responding to sudden changes, like when another car cuts you off.

Drowsy driving also makes you more likely to get distracted. You might take your eyes off the road to look at a text message or turn around to help your child in the back seat. When you’re tired, it’s easier for things like bright headlights and loud music from other cars to distract you.

This is similar to what happens when people drink alcohol and drive. When you’re intoxicated, your reaction times are slower, your judgment gets impaired, and you get more distracted by things that would normally not bother you.

What are the risks of drowsy driving?

Drowsiness can cause you to swerve off the road or hit a parked car. You might also fall asleep at the wheel and crash into something else, like another vehicle or a tree. It’s not uncommon for drowsy drivers to kill or injure pedestrians, leading to serious personal injury cases. If you drive while you’re sleepy, it’s not only dangerous for yourself but also potentially fatal to others on the road.

What are the preventative measures?

The best way to keep yourself safe is to avoid getting behind the wheel when you’re tired or if you’ve been awake for 24 hours. If you have no choice but to drive, stop and take a 15-minute nap in your car. You can also ask someone to drive for you instead.

Drowsy driving is no different from drunk driving when it comes to increasing dangers on the road. The good news is that it’s possible to avoid the risks by being more realistic about your state of fatigue before getting behind the wheel.

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