Many Oklahoma motorists may be aware that driving while they are tired can be dangerous. However, a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that the consequences of drowsy driving could be more severe than people might know. The report suggests that those who sleep less than six hours in a 24-hour period are twice as likely to become involved in a car accident than those who get at least seven hours of sleep.
The findings also suggest that the risk increases with even less sleep. For example, those who only slept four to five hours of sleep were more likely to become involved in a car crash than those who had five to six hours of sleep. In fact, the crash rates were very similar to those involving drunk drivers.
It is highly recommended that those who do not get at least seven hours of sleep should avoid getting behind the wheel. If people do start to feel sleepy while driving, they should stop and take a brief nap every few hours. Further, if the driver did only sleep four to five hours, they can somewhat make up the time by taking a two-hour nap during the day.
Car accidents caused by drowsy drivers can result in serious injuries to their passengers or to occupants of other vehicles that are involved in the crash. These injuries could require extensive medical treatment, and some of the victims might not be able to return to their jobs for extended periods while they are recovering. Those who are injured in such a collision might want to meet with an attorney to learn if it would be advisable for them to seek compensation for their losses through a lawsuit filed against the negligent motorist.