3 Ways to Prevent Drowsy Driving Accidents

by Staff | May 28th, 2014

Every day, motorists get behind the wheel without enough rest and cause serious car accidents. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation estimates approximately 168 million drowsy drivers are on the road each year.

The dangers of drowsy driving were highlighted when investigators determined an Indiana drowsy driving accident was responsible for leaving one person seriously injured earlier this week. Reports indicate the crash happened near the intersection of SR46 and Dearborn Street in Vigo County.

According to an article from WTHITV 10 News, the victim fell asleep while traveling east along 46 and veered off the road. The car then struck an embankment and flipped, leaving the driver requiring immediate medical attention.

The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the dangers of drowsy driving and would like to offer these tips to help keep you safe during your travels.

  1. Get Enough Rest- Drivers should refrain from getting behind the wheel with less than eight hours of sleep prior to driving.
  2. If you get tired, pull over- If you find yourself becoming fatigued behind the wheel, pull over at the next safe exit or location, lock the doors of your vehicle, and rest.
  3. Don’t Rely On Tricks- Rolling down the windows, turning on the air, or turning the radio up are all unsupported myths to prevent falling asleep at the wheel. The only way to prevent a drowsy driving accident is to get some sleep.

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