According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are roughly 72,000 accidents caused by drowsy drivers each year. An accident caused by a tired motorist may result in serious injuries or death. Take a look at the specific dangers of driving while fatigued on Florida roads and highways.
Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving
A person who attempts to drive after staying awake for more than 24 hours will experience the same level of impairment as someone who has a blood alcohol content of 0.10 or higher. Under Florida law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
This is because a motorist will have a harder time processing information in a timely manner or keeping track of moving objects. Therefore, a driver is at a greater risk of running a stop sign, running a red light or taking other actions that result in a car accident.
You may experience microsleep
At some point, the body is going to override the brain’s attempts to stay awake. In some cases, an individual may experience something called microsleep while operating a motor vehicle. Microsleep episodes can last for up to 10 seconds at a time, which is enough time for a vehicle on a highway to travel the length of a football field. It is important to note that a person is unlikely to notice a microsleep event when it occurs.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, it’s important to seek treatment in a timely manner. After seeking treatment, it may be a good idea to speak with a car accident attorney. He or she may be able to negotiate a favorable settlement in your case.