Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we do not get a good night’s sleep. We may have been awake all night with a sick child, burning the midnight oil on a job project or simply have been having a bad case of insomnia. Nevertheless, many people in Maryland feel they have no choice but to get up in the morning after receiving little sleep and go about their day, including driving. However, this can be a very dangerous decision to make, as drowsy driving can lead to a serious motor vehicle accident.
Who is likely to engage in drowsy driving?
Of course, those who simply did not get enough sleep may be at risk for drowsy driving. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are other segments of the population that may be prone to drowsy driving. Truckers who spend long hours on the road may experience drowsy driving, especially if they choose to drive overnight. Shift workers who work the night shift or a long shift may drive while drowsy. Drivers who use medications that cause drowsiness or who have an untreated sleep disorder may also engage in drowsy driving.
Four ways to prevent drowsy driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are four ways to prevent drowsy driving. First, if at all possible, get at least seven hours of sleep a day before driving. Second, stick to a good sleep schedule where you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Third, discuss any symptoms of sleep disorders with your physician. Finally, do not drink alcohol or take a medication that causes drowsiness before getting behind the wheel.
Learn more about motor vehicle accidents
Unfortunately, not all motorists in Maryland will follow these tips and some will cause drowsy driving accidents. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s website on motor vehicle accidents may be a good source of information for those who want to learn more about this topic.