You Snooze You Lose - Sleep Deprived Is No Way to Drive

Snooze behind the wheel, and you could lose not only your license, but your life. Driving while fatigued is one of the lead causes of accidents across the country. Drowsy driving causes as many as 1.2 million collisions on average a year, which result in up to 8,000 fatalities. And drowsy driving doesn't just mean driving when you're tired from a rough night's sleep. Drowsy driving can also be caused by sleep disorders, medications, commercial (truck) drivers, or working the late shift.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in 2015 reported that 1 in three people admitted to driving when they were so tired that they had trouble keeping their eyes open in the past 30 days, and that 1 in 10 people admit to have fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year. Scared yet?

Listen up-rolling down your window, turning up the radio or you AC, or drinking a 24 ounce Monster energy drink is not enough to keep you awake and alert. The main (and obvious) thing you can do to prevent causing an accident due to drowsy driving is simply get enough sleep. If you didn't know, adults typically need 7-8 hours of sleep to be rested and ready to hit the road; on average, American's are getting closer to 6 hours a night. And as Today reports, drivers who miss only one to two hours of recommended sleep double their risk for a crash.

Do your part to help keep our roads safe while not driving while fatigued. Unfortunately, you can do everything you can to stay safe on the road, but you can't control other drivers behind the wheel. Stay alert, and be aware of those around you. As much as we may try and do to prevent drowsy driving crashes, they're going to occur. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or tragically killed as a result of a drowsy driver, contact Tabor Law Firm today for your free consultation. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have decades of experience, and are here to help, any time- day or night.