How Does Drowsiness Cause Car Accidents?

You don’t have to completely doze off at the wheel to be involved in a drowsy driving accident. Drowsiness can become a factor in an accident even if you do not fall asleep at the wheel. When you are extremely sleepy, there may be moments when you zone out and don’t remember the last few seconds of driving. You might not have dozed off, but your reflexes are extremely impaired.

Drowsiness also results in impaired judgment, making it difficult for you to judge distances between your car and car in front. It can impair your perceptual skills, and make it difficult for you to focus. You may have problems with short-term memory, as well as processing important information. You might find yourself becoming sluggish. All of these factors severely increase a person’s risk of being involved in an accident.

If you are a young male or shift-based worker, or suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, then you may be at a much higher risk of being involved in a drowsy driving accident. If sleep deficiencies are making you frequently doze off at the wheel while driving, get help for your sleep issues. Fix your sleep schedule so that you are getting much more sleep at night.

Look into your sleep environment, including the lighting of your bedroom, calmness of the room and other factors to determine why you aren’t getting the sleep you need.

For help filing a claim after an accident, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer. Schedule a free evaluation of your claim by a Denver car accident lawyer and discuss the damages you could eligible for in a claim.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.