Compassionate Guidance, Fearless Representation

Drowsy driving is a problem that will never go away

Regardless of your age, the proper amount of sleep is essential to your health and well-being. Not only does sleep keep you feeling your best, but it also enhances your safety when behind the wheel of an automobile.

Drowsy driving is a problem throughout the United States. Additionally, it's a problem that will never go away, as there will always be people who attempt to operate a motor vehicle when they're not 100 percent alert.

There are many issues with drowsy driving, including the following:

  • It slows your reaction time, such as if you need to stop suddenly
  • It makes you less likely to pay attention to the road and what's happening around you (such as a pedestrian crossing the street)
  • It affects your ability to make the right decisions

To better understand just how big of a problem it's become, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share this statistic:

"An estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days."

So, when you look around at other drivers on the road, there's a good chance that at least one of them has fallen asleep at the wheel in the recent past.

Are you likely to drive drowsy?

Every driver has full control over whether they drive when drowsy. Even so, some people are more likely to feel this way. They include:

  • Drivers who don't get enough sleep
  • Drivers who take medication that causes drowsiness
  • Commercial drivers who spend long periods of time on the road
  • People who work long shifts or the night shift
  • People who suffer from a sleep disorder

When should you pull over?

If you feel the slightest bit drowsy it's a good idea to pull to safety. Here are some additional signs that it's time to get off the road:

  • You missed your last turn or exit
  • Uncontrollable blinking and/or yawning
  • Drifting from your lane of travel
  • Almost hitting other objects, such as signs and parked cars

Even if you're alert, there could be other drivers who are too drowsy to be operating a motor vehicle. If one of these people cause an accident, pull to safety and call 911.

Your health is top priority, but, if possible, share information regarding the accident with the responding officer.

As you recover, your attention should turn to reviewing your insurance policy, filing a claim and protecting your legal rights. You can learn more about your legal rights as a driver in Maryland by visiting our website.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Anne Arundel County Maryland

    Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County 3X Nominated

  • Maryland Workers Compensation Educational Association inc

    Maryland Workers Compensation Educational Association Convention7X Speaker

  • Maryland  Association for Justice

    Maryland Justice Association3X Speaker

  • Eagle Scout boy scouts of america

    Eagle Scout & Green Hornets Baseball Coach

  • Macleay AV Badge

Tell Us About Your Case!

Our dedicated team of experienced attorneys bring years of successful litigation and courtroom experience to offer a fresh outlook for all your legal matters. Regardless of the complexity of your situation, our team can provide you with a thorough evaluation of your case and current legal standing. To request additional information regarding our services, please reach out to our offices at your earliest convenience by calling 240-545-5557.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

14503 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Phone: 240-545-5557
Fax: 301-952-1701
Upper Marlboro Law Office Map

Macleay Law - Personal Injury