Atlanta Police Officer Injured After Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel
Recently, an Atlanta police officer was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Cobb County. Investigations reveal the officer fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into a box truck. The officer was listed in critical condition hours after the crash but is thankfully expected to survive. The auto accident occurred when the police sedan swerved and crashed head-on into the truck, damaging both vehicles and inflicting minor injuries on the truck driver.
Drowsy Driving Affects Us All
According to drowsydriving.org, a website of the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adult drivers admit to feeling drowsy while driving. A full third have fallen asleep behind the wheel. A drowsy driver presents a considerable risk to themselves and others on the road. Tired drivers will have delayed reaction times, impaired perception, and inability to remain in their lane.
Researchers believe that the true incidence of drowsy driving can be far higher than we currently recognize. There is no test for drowsiness, unlike alcohol tests, and accidents arising from fatigued driving can be categorized as having another cause.
Protect Yourself From a Drowsy Driving Crash
While you cannot control the behavior of other drivers, there are steps you can take to minimize the chance that you are injured in a drowsy driving accident. Follow the tips below:
• Get a good night's sleep before you set out on the road;
• Split up long road trips to allow yourself time to sleep and recover from the ride;
• Avoid driving alone for long periods of time. Bring a buddy so that you can switch off during a long drive;
• Take a break as needed or take a nap if you begin to feel drowsy;
• Avoid alcohol or medications that can cause drowsiness;
• If you find yourself feeling tired while behind the wheel, stop to get a beverage with caffeine to wake up.
These steps can ensure you do not drive while fatigued. To prevent being injured due to another driver who is drowsy, be on the lookout for signs of tired driving. Steer clear of cars that are drifting in their lane, drivers who appear to be nodding off, and any vehicle behaving erratically, including driving abnormally slow or fast, or braking irregularly. Call 911 if you witness a dangerous driver who could inflict injury on another.
If you are injured in a crash that might have involved drowsy driving, contact an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. Your car accident lawyer can assist you in protecting your legal rights.
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