The Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Drowsy driving is increasingly recognized as a problem almost as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are about 100,000 drowsy driving accidents every year—and those are just the ones reported to the police. Driving while fatigued is dangerous because it can lead to a loss of control, endangering other people on the road.
Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel can drift across the lines, sideswiping vehicles or causing head-on collisions. This is unacceptable. If you or someone you know has been hurt due to a tired driver, you can fight back in order to discourage future acts of drowsy driving. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Iowa drowsy driving lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at 877-327-2600.
Signs of a Fatigued Driver
Unfortunately, drowsy driving can affect people at any time. However, you can watch out for signs of fatigued driving so that you can help avoid such drivers and possibly report dangerous driving to law enforcement officials. Signs of a sleepy driver include:
- Drifting across lanes
- Repeatedly running over rumble strips then jerking back into place
- Failing to follow traffic signals like red lights or stop signs
Additionally, if you are a passenger in a car with a sleepy driver, look for signs of tiredness such as frequent blinking, yawning, and head nodding. In addition, the person may not be able to hold a rational, coherent conversation.
Potentially drowsy drivers should seek other methods of transportation before endangering themselves and others by getting on the road. If you have been injured due to a fatigued driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a knowledgeable Iowa drowsy driving attorney from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 today to learn more about your legal options.