New York City is often referred to as the city that never sleeps, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is the safest place to drive. In fact, New York is often the scene for drowsy driving accidents. According to the New York State Department of Health, drowsy driving can be extremely dangerous and commonly results in death.
Falling asleep at the wheel normally happens when a person has been sleep deprived and cannot stay conscious because of sheer exhaustion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declares that there are about 100,000 drowsy driving crashes each and every year throughout the United States. In total these crashes cost about $12.5 billion annually.
Most drowsy driving accidents happen in the middle of the night. The New York State Department of Health writes that these drowsy driving crashes increase between 1pm and 4pm when people should typically be asleep in their beds. If you are yawning, having a difficult time keeping your eyes open, having trouble keeping your head raised, or drifting out of your lane, there are all symptoms that may point to drowsy driving.
Also, if you keep hitting the rumble strips on the street or can't remember that past new minutes that you travelled, these are other signs that you are currently exhausted and at risk to falling asleep behind the wheel. If you are very exhausted, ask a friend or passenger to drive for you. If you have no one to drive for you, pull over to a safe location and take a nap or check into a hotel for the night and continue your drive in the morning. The cost of a night's stay in a hotel is much less than the costs that could result from a tragic car accident.
The National Sleep Foundation claims that 51% of all adults have driven drowsy and 17% of all adults have reported falling asleep at the wheel in the past year. Many times adults would claim that they worked a night shift, which is why they were so exhausted, or some moms will say that caring for their newborn has affected their driving. Those that manage extremely hectic schedules are often at-risk for drowsy driving and those who stay awake during the night to study for exams or to work and drive are at an increased risk for a crash.
Safety advocates say that it is not smart to turn up the radio, roll down a window, or drink caffeine if you are driving drowsy. Instead, pull over to the side of the road and take a nap. It is never worth the risk of driving exhausted and putting others at danger to an accident. If you are injured in a drowsy driving accident where the other driver is the one at fault, then you can contact a lawyer at Law Offices of Gary E. Rosenberg P.C. for assistance. This Queens personal injury attorney is here to help you as you seek compensation from your car accident.
With over 35 years of experience and a willingness to serve the entire metropolitan area, you can be sure that you are getting a lawyer who cares and will do everything that he can to assist you. Attorney Rosenberg even won the Avvo Client's Choice award for 2012, which you can read about here. This highly recommended attorney is also listed on Google+ and Facebook if you want more information about him. Attorney Rosenberg is a member of the American Bar Association, the Queens County Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Contact the firm today at (718) 520-8787 for a free consultation.