More than likely, you wouldn’t consider driving after drinking. You know that it interferes with your ability to drive safely and puts you and everyone else on the road with you in danger.
However, you may not think twice about getting behind the wheel after not getting a good night’s sleep. If you are like most people, your life just doesn’t allow you to sleep for seven or eight hours a night. Other things take priority such as working and taking care of your family. In fact, sometimes, you may not sleep at all one night, but that doesn’t mean that you can put your life on hold.
Some facts about drowsy driving
Below are some facts about drowsy driving you may not have realized or considered:
A lack of sleep does not combine well with driving. It’s too easy to make a mistake behind the wheel when you suffer from sleep deprivation.
High risk groups
Some people are more prone to drive drowsy than others. Young people, business travelers and shift workers tend to have an increased risk of causing an accident when fatigued. Commercial drivers, and Uber and Lyft drivers tend to spend long hours behind the wheel. Even though regulations may require rest breaks, not all drivers use them wisely. Moreover, the breaks may not be long enough to get adequate rest. People who suffer from a sleep disorder such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea increase their risk of crashes by six times.
What if a drowsy driver causes you injury
You will never know ahead of time what drivers you share the road with drive without adequate sleep. Regardless of how diligent you are, it may not be enough to prevent one of these drivers from crashing into you. If that happens, you could suffer serious injuries.
Under Louisiana law, you have the right to pursue compensation for the damages you incurred as a result of another person’s negligence. Driving drowsy would certainly qualify as negligent driving. If you prove to the court that the other driver was too sleepy to drive safely, you could receive an award of damages to help with your financial losses.