Drivers in Missouri who don’t get sufficient sleep before operating a motor vehicle may be at a higher risk for causing an accident. Statistics suggest that up to 6,000 fatal crashes occur each year because of drowsy drivers, and there are many reasons why a person may drive while tired or fatigued. These reasons may include engaging in shift work, taking medication or drinking alcohol before driving.
Those who have sleep disorders may not get quality rest at night. Of course, this increases the risk of drowsy driving. In some cases, individuals may have a sleep disorder but don’t know about it. Ideally, adults will get about seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and it may be best to fall asleep and wake up at roughly the same time each day. Drivers who find themselves struggling to stay awake are encouraged to pull over and take a quick nap.
There are many signs that a person could be too tired to safely operate a motor vehicle. Those signs could include excessive yawning or difficulty staying in a single lane. Individuals who miss an exit or can’t remember where they are may also be too tired to drive safely. Drivers who routinely hit the rumble strip on the side of the road should consider taking a nap or letting someone else drive.
Someone who has been hurt in a car accident may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries. Compensation can help a victim pay medical bills, recoup lost wages or future earnings and cover property damage caused by the accident. An attorney could help an individual pursue a financial award through a settlement or a jury verdict. In most cases, driving while drowsy is considered to be a negligent act.