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How can drowsy driving lead to serious injuries?

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2023 | PERSONAL INJURY - Personal Injury

Whether you are traveling to a nearby house or another state, you may encounter some people who ignore the speed limits or swerve around the road. What seems like drunk driving could actually be drowsy driving.

When you are dealing with an accident or personal injury, you may need to notice the signs of reckless and tired drivers behind the wheel.

Slower reaction time

According to the United States Department of Transportation, the longer it takes to react to a sudden obstacle in the way, the more likely it is that someone will not turn or stop in time to avoid an accident. Even a few delayed seconds between seeing a threat and using the brakes, and turning the wheel can lead to a crash.

Whether these feelings of fatigue come from a late shift at a job or a reaction to medicine, they influence how this person reacts to simple interactions with other drivers.

Sloppier turns and stops

On long highways, a drowsy driver may start to drift toward the side of the road. Missing a turn or failing to stop at a light can happen when they close their eyes or let their hands drift away from the wheel. If they fail to pull off alongside the road, they risk sideswiping or ramming into a car near them.

When you see a car drifting toward you in an unsafe way, it could be the cause of a drowsy driver. Assessing and understanding the dangers of these actions is important after a serious injury.