How Sleep Deprivation Endangers Drivers
It is clear that the brain requires sleep to function properly. It is equally clear that driving is a process that requires alertness, and a lack of adequate sleep can result in reduced alertness or fatigue, delayed responsiveness, and poor reflexes. Any or all of these factors alone are enough to result in an accident.
To many people, sleep deprivation is considered “normal” or even acceptable, while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence would not be permitted. But in reality, the effects of alcohol and sleep deprivation are extremely similar insofar as they relate to brain function:
- Impaired judgment
- Delayed reaction time
- Lapses in attention and/or focus
- Failure to identify or avoid risks
- Inability to maintain stability in driving (may go out of lanes, off road, miss turns, etc.)
The Results of Drowsy Driving
Understanding the importance of sleep for proper brain functioning is the essential first step in creating a safer travelling environment for all. But now that the danger is clear, what can be done where a “Drowsy” driver causes a car accident resulting in injuries to another? We have tests to determine if alcohol or drugs cause an accident, but there are no visible markers for sleepiness. While in some states drowsy driving has been made illegal, this is not yet the case in Oklahoma except for the restrictions on trucker hours of service.
Reach Out For Help
Injuries sustained in Oklahoma car accidents caused by drowsy or sleep-deprived drivers can be catastrophic and the costs staggering. If you or someone you care for suffered injuries in an accident due to a drowsy driver, reach out to Car Accident Help. Call (405) 285-4357 to discuss your legal rights and remedies available.
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