Between November 2nd and 9th, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) sponsors National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. During this time, they hope to spread awareness about the dangers of driving while drowsy as it can have the same effects as driving drunk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are over 1,500 deaths each year because of drowsy driving. With this in mind, the NHTSA and the NSF suggest that adult drivers strive for the following to avoid drowsy driving:
- Get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- If you’re extremely tired, pull over and take a quick nap
- If you’ve been awake for 24 hours or more, do not drive
Drowsy driving is very prevalent among semi-truck drivers because of long routes and difficult schedules, but it imperative that all drivers, truck-drivers included, be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving and avoid it.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or even wrongful death because of a drowsy driver, our Mobile, Alabama accident attorneys can help you. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to determine if you have recourse to file a lawsuit and will work to get you the most compensation possible.
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