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Driving Drowsy is Impaired Driving

By anderson-law2, Feb 18 2016 11:23PM

While most everyone knows about the dangers of using their cell phone while driving and driving under the influence, a recent accident just east of Boise brings to light another serious source of impaired driving. Earlier this month, Idaho State Police released details regarding an injury crash in which the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, resulting in the vehicle exiting the roadway and eventually overturning. Although commonly disregarded, drowsy driving can be just as dangers as other forms of impaired and distracted driving; in fact, studies show that being awake for 18 hours or more produced impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration of .05, and .10 after 24 hours.

According to a poll taken by the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adult drivers say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy and 37% have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. These kinds of statistics result in over 100,000 police-reported crashes as the direct result of driver fatigue every year!

With numbers like these, it’s important to know the potential people at risk, warning signs, and possible solutions. Unsurprisingly, sleep related crashes most commonly involve young people, adults with children and shift workers. However, anyone deprived of sleep or driving very late at night also runs a larger risk of being involved in an accident. Many people often don’t realize they’ve fallen asleep until it’s too late. Some of the warning signs include:

• Yawning or blinking frequently.

• Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven.

• Missing your exit.

• Drifting from your lane.

• Hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road.

If you notice the warning signs of drowsy driving, pull over to a safe place and take a 15-20 minute nap, stretch, or change drivers. Falling asleep behind the wheel, even for a second, can result in very serious accidents and if you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of an impaired driver, the legal team at Anderson Law Center are here to help you get justice.

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