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Are drowsy drivers a threat to your safety on the road?

When a Florida driver gets behind the wheel while tired, it can increase the chance of an accident. In some cases, tired drivers are actually dangerous drivers, and they could be a threat to your health and well-being. In order to combat the likelihood of a person driving while exhausted, some organizations are taking measures to increase awareness of this problem.

Several agencies and groups across the state are working to make drivers more aware of how dangerous it can actually be to drive while drowsy. It can cause drivers to make poor decisions behind the wheel or even fall asleep. Driving while too tired to be safe is a type of negligent driving, and accident victims may have grounds to seek compensation through a civil claim.

The dangers of drowsy driving

The intent of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, promoted by Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is to educate drivers on the dangers of drowsiness behind the wheel. Being tired while driving is excessively risky, increasing the chance of a collision because of the way it affects the driver, including: 

  • Drowsiness can slow a driver's reaction time, causing him or her to take longer to react to dangers, brake in time and avoid collisions.
  • It can make it more difficult for a person to focus on the task at hand, leading to inattentive driving and a greater chance of distracted driving.
  • When a driver is tired, he or she may be more inclined to risky or even aggressive driving, such as driving at excessive speeds.

A startling number of drivers admit they have fallen asleep while driving at least once. There are simple ways drivers can reduce the chance they will drive while drowsy, such as avoid driving at night and taking regular breaks on long trips.

What if you are a victim?

If you are a victim of an accident caused by drowsy driving, you have rights. You are entitled to seek an appropriate recovery of your financial losses if the negligent or reckless actions of another driver caused you harm. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand the legal options that may be available to you.

After an accident, you do not have to wonder about whether or not you have grounds for a claim. You are entitled to an explanation of your rights and guidance as you move forward with the most appropriate course of action.

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