This won’t come as a big news flash, but many Americans do not get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 30% of adults in the U.S. get less than 6 hours of sleep a night. Between a demanding job, raising kids and other commitments, who has time to sleep a third of the day?
Of course, even if you are getting the magical number of 8 hours of sleep, it does not necessarily mean you are sleeping well. About 35% of Americans say they get fair or poor sleep on a regular basis, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
30% of adults in the U.S. get less than 6 hours of sleep a night.[/caption]A good night’s rest is a cornerstone of good physical and mental health. Sleep depravation is a major factor in all kinds of accidents, including some of the most prominent in recent history, like the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the nuclear meltdowns at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.Drowsiness is also a major hazard on American roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that driver fatigue is the cause in about 100,000 vehicle accidents and 1,550 crash-related fatalities every year.The car accident attorneys at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann know all too well how dangerous drowsy driving can be. To help keep you and your family safe, below are some tips on how to identify and avoid driving when sleepy.
There is a myriad of problems that arise when our sleep suffers, such as compromised cognitive processing, reduced memory and problem solving skills, and the onset of depression symptoms. You may also be putting yourself at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.With poor or insufficient sleep being a virtual epidemic in our country, just about all of us are at risk at some time or another for drowsy driving. Some folks who are more likely to be on the verge of nodding off when behind the wheel are:
It can be easy to dismiss the signs of sleepiness when operating a vehicle. You may reason that you have to get to your destination right away and that you can easily pull through the fatigue. The problem is that just about everybody who has caused an accident while driving drowsy has thought the same.You might be too tired to continue driving if you:
The best way to avoid drowsy driving is taking common sense precautions before even getting into the driver’s seat, like:
If you are already tired and have to be somewhere, remember that changing plans is always better than potentially getting into an accident. Try taking a nap before getting behind the wheel, or using a taxi, ride-sharing program or public transportation if the trip can’t wait.
The attorneys at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann have been representing car accident victims, including drowsy driving accident victims, for decades. If you find yourself in an accident due to a drowsy driver, or a suspected drowsy driver, call us today at (205) 322-8880 or use our online form. We have secured millions for car and truck accident victims like you.
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