Drivers in Nevada are demonstrating an increasing propensity to get behind the wheel while drowsy, increasing the danger to you on the roads. There are over 300,000 drowsy driving crashes each year, and these accidents tend to have a higher fatality rate than an average crash. This type of crash is every bit as calamitous as a drunk-driving accident albeit without the criminal penalties.
Drivers need to act responsibly
However, while most drivers are sensible enough to either not get behind the wheel while drunk or call an Uber, many motorists do not have the self-discipline to not operate a vehicle while drowsy. This puts themselves at risk as well as others on the road. If you get behind the wheel after going 20 or more hours without sleep, it is the same as if you were driving with a .08 blood alcohol level.
Measures should be put in place
While there is a growing awareness of the problem, there is still not an effective intervention that would lower the risk for all drivers on the road. Awareness seems to be the first step, but more must be done to educate the public of these dangers. Employers should institute safety rules to keep their employees off the road when they are drowsy. In addition, some newer technologies in cars can alert you when you are exhibiting common drowsy driving tendencies.
Help is available for accident victims
If you were hurt in an accident that was caused by someone who was driving while drowsy, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. A personal injury attorney who helps people who have been hurt in car accidents could advise you of your legal rights and what you would need to do to begin the process of filing a claim. A lawyer may then negotiate a settlement of your claim or take the case to court if no agreement is reached.