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How You Can Protect You and Your Family From Drowsy Or Distracted Drivers

Each year, an estimated 100,000 accidents are caused by drowsy drivers, resulting in about $12.5 billion in financial losses. Drowsy drivers are a huge liability on the road, and their presence makes driving all the more dangerous for others. To protect yourself and your family from these drivers, follow our six tips:

Identify Drowsy Driving Behaviors

Drowsy drivers oftentimes appear to be driving as if they are intoxicated, drifting into nearby lanes, or tailgating other cars. The first step is to identify this erratic driving behavior, so you are aware of a potentially dangerous driver. Drowsy drivers are more likely to be on the road between the hours of midnight and 8am, but don’t assume that these signs can’t appear during daylight hours. There are circumstances that could produce drowsy drivers at any hour of the day, such as a fatigued employee getting off their job working third shift.

Avoid Driving Near Drowsy Driver

Once you have identified the signals of a potentially drowsy driver, your next move is to avoid driving in the immediate space around them. Don’t pass the driver, as they could easily continue drifting into other lanes, and involve you in an accident. If the driver’s behavior is extremely erratic, pull over to the side of the road until they have left the vicinity, ensuring your safety as well as your passengers’.

Note the Car Make, Model, and License Plate

If you are driving on the freeway and have been stuck nearby a potentially drowsy driver for an extended period, note the car’s make, model, and license plate number if possible, but do not compromise your own safety while doing so. If the driver is clearly a hazard to their own safety and the safety of the drivers around them, pull over to the side of the road, and call the police with the car’s information and location.

Avoid Drowsy Driving Yourself

If you are having difficulty staying awake while driving, or can’t stop yawning, you are in danger of becoming a drowsy driver. Drinking caffeine gives you a short burst of energy, but you will feel more tired after it wears off than you were before. Instead, pull over and find a rest stop or hotel to get some sleep.

Talk to a Lawyer if Injured

If you are in an accident that was the other driver’s fault due to drowsy driving, contact a lawyer to make sure you are sufficiently reimbursed for all damages and personal injury. Car accidents in Hollywood can happen at any time, and it’s important to talk to an attorney if you were injured on the road due to another person’s poor decisions.

Drowsy driving is a dangerous action that causes billions in financial losses each year. Follow these tips to help avoid a drowsiness-related crash and get help when needed.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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