Many San Diego drivers likely don’t realize that fatigue can be just
as dangerous as drunk driving. It slows your reaction time, impairs your
vision, and causes lapses in judgment.
Drowsy driving is also extremely common. A recent survey revealed that
more than a quarter of drivers acknowledge getting behind the wheel while fatigued.
Overall, driver fatigue results in more than 10,000 crashes a year and
approximately 1,500 deaths, according to the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration (NHTSA). The American Automobile Association estimates
that one out of every six fatal traffic accidents, and one out of eight
crashes requiring hospitalization of drivers or passengers, is attributed
to drowsy driving.
In a public awareness campaign held earlier this month,
California Highway Patrol reminded drivers about the importance of staying alert. It stressed the
importance of getting proper rest and scheduling breaks during long trips.
The CHP also shared the following signs that it is time to get off the
road and take a break:
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
- Difficulty keeping daydreams at bay
- Trouble keeping your head up
- Drifting from your lane, swerving, tailgating, and/or hitting rumble strips
- Inability to clearly remember the last few miles driven
- Missing exits or traffic signs
- Yawning repeatedly
- Feeling restless, irritable, or aggressive
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a
San Diego motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.