In November, a 35-year-old man who fell asleep behind the wheel crossed over into oncoming traffic and crashed into another car – killing its driver and her 6-year-old child.
Although no one knows that precise moment that sleep overtakes a person’s body, merely feeling sleepy can affect your ability to drive.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will talk more about the dangers of driving while sleepy, and how you can recognize your body’s telltale signs that it needs rest.
If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, the expertise of a skilled Alaska personal injury lawyer can be vital in you receiving the justice and compensation you deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirms that 1 in 25 adult drivers have admitted to falling asleep while driving within the past 30 days. The administration goes on to say that as many as 6,000 fatal vehicle crashes occur each year directly because of drowsy drivers.
As we said above, there’s no concrete evidence of when sleep completely overtakes a person’s body, but here are a few telltale signs that you shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
If you do notice that your body need a rest, find a safe place to pull off the road for a 15 or 20-minute nap in the car. Wait an additional five minutes after waking up before getting back on the road.
Here at Barber & Associates, we’ve earned our reputation for aggressively fighting on behalf of Alaskans injured by others. We’ll fight on your behalf for justice and fair compensation so that you can concentrate completely on your recovery.
Barber & Associates, LLC has recovered more than 45 Million Dollars in verdicts and settlements for Injured Alaskans.
Auto accidents can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of how defensive someone may be behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been harmed in such an incident, you have legal rights and options that need to be explored.