Many people do not take drowsy driving seriously, and believe they can make it safely to their destination if they just power through their fatigue. Statistics, however, tell a different story.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving caused 72,000 car accidents, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013.
Below, our Memphis personal injury attorneys discuss three common myths about drowsy driving so you can stay informed on the road.
Myth #1: I Can Get By on a Few Hours’ Rest
This could not be further from the truth. Adults typically need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, so a 1-2 hour nap before a drive just won’t cut it.
Myth #2: Turning on the Radio or Opening the Windows Will Keep Me Awake
Wrong again. These “hacks” can be ineffective and distracting to the driver. The only true “hack” for driving safely is to get a good night’s sleep beforehand.
Myth #3: Coffee Will Keep Me Awake for the Drive
Coffee, or other energy drinks, may provide a short burst of energy. However, these effects often take 30 minutes or longer to take hold, and typically result in an energy crash that causes more tiredness than before.
Injured in an Accident? Call Us Today
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, we’re here to help. At Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, we will use our 150+ years of experience to pursue compensation aggressively on your behalf.
Contact us today at (901) 466-2006 to schedule a free consultation.