On September 9, a man driving a Ford Mustang going roughly 70 to 80 miles
per hour on
Homestead Passcrashed into the flatbed trailer of a semi-truck. The man, who was seriously
injured and died several days after the accident, may have fallen asleep
at the wheel, which would explain his speed and why he did not stop before
hitting the trailer.
According to statistics from the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 25 adult drivers admits to falling asleep while driving
within the last 75 days. The actual numbers might be even higher since
people who doze off for only a second or two often do not realize they
have fallen asleep. Luckily, there are several things you can do to avoid
falling asleep at the wheel.
One of the most important ways to avoid falling asleep while driving is
to get enough sleep. Adults generally need at least seven hours of sleep
every day. Teens should get at least eight hours of sleep. If you struggle
with sleep problems or if you snore, talk to a doctor about treatment
for the issue.
If you are feeling tired, avoid driving. If you know you are likely to
feel too tired to safely drive, plan ahead, especially if you will have
to drive a considerable distance. For example, if you are returning from
a long business trip, have a family member pick you up from the airport,
take a taxi, or book a hotel near the airport for the night.
People often get tired on longer trips. When taking a longer trip, leave
with more than enough time to safely get to your destination. That way,
if you do start to feel tired, you will not feel so pressured into continuing
to drive to get to your destination on time. If you do start to feel tired,
pull over. Take a nap at a rest stop, get out of your vehicle and walk
around for a few minutes, or switch drivers when you first start feeling
tired. It is a good idea to take frequent breaks when taking longer trips,
even if you do not feel tired.
Unfortunately, some drivers fail to take the proper precautions when they
start to feel tired, and accidents happen. At OdegaardBraukmann Law, we
handle the whole spectrum of
personal injury claims.
Contact us if you have suffered a personal injury caused by the neglect of someone
else. This includes car crashes, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents,
dog bites, and other injuries.