You've heard of the devastating "drunk driving," and you've no doubt heard of "distracted driving," but have you heard of "drowsy driving" on Missouri roadways? We all know we should pull over and rest when we're sleepy, but how often does that really happen? The Columbia, Missouri car accident attorneys know that drowsy drivers often kill or seriously injure themselves and others. During the busy holiday season, when many of us are traveling long distances, it's especially important to make sure you're well-rested enough to drive before getting behind the wheel.
Did you know that you can fall asleep for a few moments without even realizing it? The National Sleep Foundation reports that 103 million drivers readily admitted to falling asleep at the wheel. This 103 million represents 60% of all drivers surveyed.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the National Sleep Foundation also reports that if an accident is caused by a drowsy driver, a fatality is more likely than if the accident is caused by a drunk driver. After all, sleeping driver has no opportunity to avoid smashing into another car, a tree, or an embankment.
How to Know if You're Too Drowsy to Drive
Here are the symptoms of a drowsy driver. If you experience these, pull over (or don't drive in the first place):
- Lots of blinking
- Can't focus eyes
- Eyes feel heavy
- Rubbing eyes
- Difficulty keeping your head up
- Drifting out of your lane
- Hitting rumble strips
- Not knowing where you are or what you've passed
- Missing a familiar turn or exit
Missouri's Department of Transportation Precautions
The Missouri Department of Transportation reports that they have implemented safety devices to prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.
- Guard cables save approximately 45 lives per year
- Rumble strips save approximately 100 lives per year
Where to Get Help if a Loved One Has Been Injured by a Drowsy Driver
The attorneys at Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. understand the intricacies of the medical, legal, and insurance systems. We will navigate your case through these systems and work hard to make sure your rights and interests are protected. We'll handle all of the paperwork, legal filings, interviews, research, and witnesses so that you can focus on your family and healing.
We know that we cannot turn back the hands of time and prevent your injury. However, we also know that you could benefit from our help. You and your family are not alone.
Call our Columbia, Missouri personal injury lawyers now for a free confidential, no obligation consultation now if you or your loved one has been injured by a drowsy driver. You can reach us toll free at (888) 287-1046. We are available 24/7/365 for your convenience.Attorney meetings by appointment only