Why Tired Driving So Dangerous

April 29, 2020

By Grossman Green PLLC

Driving after staying awake for more than 20 hours is akin to driving with a blood alcohol content of .08%. Therefore, driving while tired is like driving while impaired by alcohol. Whether you are operating a motor vehicle on Kentucky roads or others throughout the country, it is important to do so while you aren’t drowsy or fatigued.

It’s Hard to Tell When You’re Tired

One of the most dangerous things about driving while fatigued is that you may not understand how tired you are. In some cases, you may actually fall asleep for a few seconds while your car is in motion. However, you are unlikely to notice that you have fallen asleep or realize that you may do this multiple times in a single trip.

Common signs that you may be too tired to drive include frequent yawning or an inability to keep your head up. If you aren’t able to maintain a consistent speed or stay in your lane, you are likely too tired to drive safely.

How to Minimize Your Chances of Driving While Tired

There are many steps that you may be able to take to minimize your chances of driving while drowsy or fatigued. For instance, you can avoid operating a motor vehicle after taking medication that could make your drowsy. Your doctor may be able to provide more insight into how long you should wait after taking a pill or injection before driving. You may also want to consider getting more sleep at night or whenever you can during the day. Ideally, you will get at least seven hours of rest at night or over a period of 24 hours. Your school or employer may be able to help you develop strategies to get the rest that you need.

Tired drivers who cause car accidents may be liable for damages that victims incur. If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a negligent motorist, an attorney may be able to help you obtain a financial award. This may help you pay medical bills and recoup lost wages.