How to Prevent Drowsy Driving in Georgia
Drowsy driving is a significant national problem that tragically causes a number of deaths and injuries each year. According to drowsydriving.org, over 100,000 accidents are caused by fatigued drivers annually. Over half of these accidents are caused by drivers under the age of 25. Staying awake for 18 hours has actually been found to equate to a blood alcohol content of .08, which is legally intoxicated. Drowsy driving can impair a driver's concentration, reaction time, sense of direction, and much more.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have represented a number of clients injured by drowsy drivers or drivers behaving in an otherwise negligent manner. We have over 30 years of experience in the field of personal injury law and will fight hard to obtain the recovery you deserve.
Take Steps to Prevent Tired Driving
There are some important steps you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Observe the following rules, among others:
- Don't drive late at night: Most fatigued driving accidents take place during the late night hours or in the early morning. It is during these hours that most people are programmed to be asleep. Avoid driving during these hours as your body may not be able to drive in an alert manner.
- Allow time for breaks: If you are planning a road trip, schedule in plenty of breaks. Breaks could include stops for coffee, short naps, meals, and more. By allowing for plenty of stops, you can ensure your mind is alert during the entire trip.
- Stay away from cruise control: Cruise control is an excellent feature at times, but it can also prove detrimental because it can take your mind off the act of driving. When you are not engaged in active driving, you are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel. Even a few moments of lapse in your concentration could result in a serious injury.
- Check for signs of fatigue: As you drive, be on the lookout for signs that you are overly tired. If your mind is wandering or eyelids getting heavy, it is time to pull over and stop at a safe location. Do not wait for yourself to fall asleep behind the wheel, as this can result in deadly accidents. Instead, be proactive and honestly assess the signs that you are too tired to safely drive. Stopping to rest for a few minutes and get a cup of coffee can make all the difference in arriving safely.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Claim!
If you have been injured by a drowsy driver, you should be eligible to seek compensation from the at-fault driver responsible for the accident. The Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist accident victims in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience and is committed to providing zealous representation to each injured client.
The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.