Many different factors lead to drowsy driving, such as not getting enough sleep, working for too long, performing physical tasks that are very exhausting and even taking certain types of medication. However, some people struggle with drowsy driving even though they think that they get enough sleep. For example, some people sleep for a sufficient amount of hours but the quality of their sleep is poor.
Sometimes, people have difficulty assessing the quality of their sleep and do not realize that their poor sleep poses a risk to themselves and others while they are behind the wheel.
Waking up frequently
People who struggle with low-quality sleep often wake up too frequently. When someone constantly wakes up throughout the night, this impacts their sleep significantly and often leaves them feeling groggy and tired the next day (which impacts their driving abilities). While many people focus on sleep quantity, it is also imperative to pay attention to sleep quality. For example, someone who gets out of bed to use the bathroom several times each night and wakes up many times likely struggles with fatigue and other sleep-related problems during the day.
Handling a drowsy driving crash
Drowsy driving wrecks are especially concerning. Sometimes, drivers fall asleep behind the wheel and lose all control of their vehicles, while others are less attentive and fail to use their signals properly or look out for other vehicles. Our personal injury law firm understands the numerous hardships that people face following drowsy driving wrecks and we explore this topic as well as other auto accident risk factors on our website.