Our attorneys know that between shopping for food and gifts, visiting relatives, professional commitments and family events, Little Rock-area drivers are especially busy and taxed during the holidays, and that’s how auto accidents happen.
So this is a great time to remind our Arkansas clients that driving while you’re drowsy is a serious accident hazard that can lead to an event in which you need an auto accident lawyer.
How serious is drowsy driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drowsy driving is the reason behind at least 100,000 crashes each year. The number may actually be higher than that as this is a type of auto accident that often goes unreported.
Some people take a higher risk when it comes to drowsy driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that the following people take the biggest risk of getting into an auto accident should they get behind the wheel while sleepy:
- Commercial drivers
- Overnight workers
- Sleep deprived people
- People who suffer from sleep disorders
- People who are taking medications
How to prevent a drowsy-driving accident
Beyond catching up on sleep, here are three ways that you can avoid a crash caused by being too drowsy:
Don’t Drive Drowsy Tip No. 1: Turn on the radio. Music, talk shows and audible books can all help keep you alert.
Don’t Drive Drowsy Tip No. 2: Look into high-tech solutions. There are now automated in-car warning devices that can prevent a driver from falling asleep.
Don’t Drive Drowsy Tip No. 3: Monitor personal health and wellness. If you’re taking a medication that makes you sleepy, or perhaps you’re a parent with a very young baby who keeps you up at night, make appropriate provisions so you can avoid getting behind the wheel when you should really be catching up on sleep.
If you do have a car accident in or around Little Rock and could use assistance from an experienced Arkansas attorney, please contact The Law Offices of Alan LeVar online today or call (888) 220-7068 to schedule a free case consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.