Most people are familiar with the dangers of driving while drunk or while using your cell phone, but an often overlooked danger, drowsy driving, can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgement, and increases your risk of crashing.

A CDC study revealed that 1 out of 24 American drivers have acknowledged falling asleep at the wheel. The study also showed that both men and younger adults had higher chances of driving despite feeling sleepy.

According to the CDC, there are certain drivers who are far more likely to drive drowsy. This includes: commercial truck drivers, shift workers, drivers with sleep disorders, drivers on sedating medications, and drivers who do not get adequate sleep.

Warning signs of sleepy driving are easy to recognize and include yawning, excessive blinking, drifting between lanes, and missing turns or exits. Rolling down windows, turning up the volume on the radio, and blasting the air conditioning may help keep you awake temporarily, but it does not remove the danger. The only real fix for dealing with drowsy driving is to safely pull over to rest.

Although falling asleep while driving is not illegal like drunk driving, it can still be considered negligent and a person can be held liable for injuries or damages resulting from it. If an auto accident has injured you or a family member, contact The Law Office of Thomas Grier to assist you in the process of seeking full and fair compensation.