Admit it, we have all driven, at one point or another, while we were tired or drowsy, whether coming from work or the gym or on a road trip out of state. Most people's first reaction to driving while drowsy is to hurry up and get where you are going so you can rest. Very seldom do we recognize the mistake in this. However, drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the United States. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident involving a drowsy driver, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane auto accident attorney so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
Usually when one thinks of negligent driving it involves distractions such as texting or talking on the phone, but drowsy driving has a huge impact on accidents and fatalities, as well. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes each year are the direct result of driver fatigue, which results in approximately 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries. One of the reasons these problems occur is that unlike drunk driving, police officers find it hard to determine drowsy driving. However, police officers can usually determine drowsy driving after an accident occurs, based on evidence such as the lack of skid marks.
The number of drowsy driving incidents continues to increase. However, there are things that you can do to eliminate the risk of causing an accident due to drowsy driving, such as:
- Making sure you get enough rest;
- Scheduling trips safely;
- Avoid taking medication that make you drowsy;
- Recognizing the warning signs of fatigue.
By understanding these tips, your life and others' can be spared. Also, drowsy driving has the potential to result in fines, civil suits, as well as imprisonment, so it is in your best interest to stop driving if you realize that you are drowsy, through signs such as heavy eyelids and if you are repeatedly yawning or swerving into other lanes.
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Auto accidents are scary regardless of the situation that causes them. However, it is even more scary when the accident occurs because of drowsy driving and it can only take a second for an accident to occur. Drowsy driving can leave you or others financially, emotionally, and physically damaged. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident involving a drowsy driver, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 so that we can help you with your case. Contact our office today.