Drowsy driving is a big problem in Texas, especially in locations where there are no comprehensive public transit systems. Many people fail to sleep the minimum seven hours each night that the CDC recommends while others put themselves and others in danger by taking prescription sleep aids and heading out on the road before sleeping a sufficient time. Still others will sleep seven hours but remain drowsy because of a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the effects of being awake for 24 consecutive hours can be compared to that of having a BAC of .10. Drivers, then, should get adequate sleep, have themselves checked for sleep disorders and ask their doctor to change the dosage timing for any sleep aids or other drowsiness-inducing drugs, such as antidepressants, antihistamines and anxiety drugs, so that these do not conflict with driving.
There are several ways that drivers can prepare for long road trips. First, they might want to have a companion who can keep them alert through conversation and switch places with them behind the wheel. Drivers should take a break every two hours. If they notice the signs of drowsiness, which include droopy eyelids, trouble focusing and trouble staying in one lane, then they could pull over for a 20-minute nap.
Drowsy drivers are behind 9.5% of all car crashes, according to a 2018 AAA study. Occupants of other vehicles who have been injured in a collision caused by a sleep-deprived driver often need lengthy and expensive medical care and treatment. They might find it advisable to contact Husain Law + Associates, P.C., in order to learn more about their options for seeking compensation for their losses.