Drivers have to be in good shape physically and mentally to drive. When a driver is drowsy, such as after a hard day of work or waking up too early in the morning, that driver is a risk to others on the road because he or she might not be able to drive in a safe manner.
One issue that drowsy driving causes is that the driver might nod off and miss obstacles. During the period where the driver doesn't have his or her eyes on the road, other cars might stop or the drowsy driver's car might veer off the road.
There are several signs that a driver is too drowsy to drive safely. One of these is that they start to nod off as they drive. Blinking rapidly or having long blinks are signs of drowsiness. When a driver experiences these signs of drowsiness, he or she should pull over as soon as it is safe to do so.
The risk of drowsiness is one reason why drivers need to get adequate sleep. One study found that if a driver sleeps four to five hours, he or she is 5.4 times more likely to get into an accident than a person who sleeps seven to eight hours a night.
When a drowsy driver causes an accident, the victims of the accident might decide to pursue legal action. Seeking compensation could help the victim to minimize the financial impacts of the injury. This could include payments for medical care that was necessary, as well as a host of other expenses.
Source: HealthDay, "How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel," May 20, 2017