Everyone has heard the dismal statistics on drunk driving and texting while driving. Generally, people know that alcohol and texting seriously impair your ability to drive posing a danger to yourself and others. But did you know something you feel daily could also lead to dangerous accidents?
Over 100,000 crashes per year are caused by fatigued, or drowsy, drivers. In our overworked culture, some are used to being awake for over 18 hours – the equivalent of a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08%, the legal limit in Missouri.
Those at risk for drowsy driving include males under 25 years old, shift workers, commercial drivers and business travelers. Even those who have had less than 6 hours of sleep are at-risk for fatigue related accidents.
To keep yourself out of harm’s way, be sure to get a good night’s sleep (7-9 hours is recommended for adults), schedule regular stops every two hours, and bring along a passenger for long trips. Remember that being tired can be as dangerous as driving drunk.
If you have been hurt by a distracted, tired or drunk driver, reach out to our law firm to schedule a free initial consultation. Contact us online or call 314-450-7874 or toll free 866-634-5292.
At the firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis, we represent people who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others.
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