How Drowsiness Affects Driving in Phoenix
Drowsy driving is a serious problem across the country. While it may seem benign to get behind the wheel when you are sleepy the truth is that is a very dangerous act. Drowsy driving has been the cause of numerous accidents which resulted in severe injuries and deaths in the United States.
Sleep and rest are both very important to properly functioning human bodies. When we are starved for sleep, our bodies will respond in a number of ways. Sleep deficiency can result in:
- Difficulty focusing
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Inability to accurately solve problems
- Emotional instability
- Difficulty coping and adjusting to change
- Slower reaction time
- Extended amounts of time to finish tasks
Given that the lack of sleep clearly affects your ability to function alertly, it is understandable why one should not get behind the wheel if they are drowsy. If you have been hit by a drowsy driver, you should speak with the experienced bilingual team of Phoenix serious injury attorneys at ELG. Our team of Spanish-speaking Arizona automobile accident attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants are here to provide you with the highest level of legal representation. We are well-known for our proven track record of success obtaining the most amount of compensation possible for victims of accidents in Arizona.
The Dangers Of Driving While Drowsy In Phoenix
The prevalence of drowsy drivers is high with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 1 in 25 adults have fallen asleep at the wheel at any given month. Drowsy driving puts your well-being at risk, as well as those who are in the car with you and others driving on the roads near you. There were close to 800 lives lost in accidents caused by drowsy drivers in 2017.
Arizona has many wide-open roads but our state also has narrow curvy roads that require plenty of attention to navigate. It is not uncommon to be driving next to a steep drop-off. If you are unable to keep your car in your lane or maneuver it around the many turns, you are risking a very serious accident. If you are also having these issues on roadways with other vehicles, the risk for multiple injuries from an accident is quite high.
If you are experiencing any sign of sleep deprivation, you may want to rethink getting behind the wheel. If you can wait to drive until you have had some time to rest or if you are able to find someone else to drive you where you need to go, you should consider these options. An Uber or Lyft may also be necessary when you have to get somewhere and you have no one that can drive you.
Finding An Arizona Automobile Accident Injury Lawyer
The highly resourceful and aggressive legal team at ELG is here to help you when you or a loved one has been victimized in an accident that was not your fault. Call us at (623) 877-3600 to set up your free consultation at either of our locations in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona for your convenience.