Why Tired Driving Is As Dangerous as Drunk Driving

female driver tired, leaning face forward on steering wheel

Many people think of drunk driving as one of the most dangerous activities someone can do. While this is absolutely true, many people are also less aware of the dangers of fatigued driving. Our team at Knowles Law Firm, PLC is here to explain how tired driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, and why you should never do either.

The Dangerous of Driving While Tired

Everyone has experienced being tired, and most have experienced being exhausted. This means that you know how difficult it can be to function when you’re in this state. Ultimately, getting behind the wheel while tired can be disastrous. Did you know that over 600 fatal accidents occur annually due to drowsy driving?

When operating a vehicle, you must be fully alert and aware of your surroundings while simultaneously being ready to act fast and avoid any potential obstacles. While many of us no longer think about how difficult it is to drive, the truth of the matter is that there is a lot that we have to manage while behind the wheel!

When you’re tired, your abilities are impaired just as they would be if you were under the influence. Drowsiness can:

  • Slow your reaction time
  • Make it difficult for you to focus
  • Lead to blurred vision
  • Cause you to close your eyes involuntarily

All of these effects can lead to serious trouble when operating a vehicle.

If you feel tired to the point where it could affect your driving, don’t push yourself to get behind the wheel. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Were You Hit By A Negligent Driver in Arizona?

While you can individually make safe choices while driving, this doesn’t mean others will. If you were hit by an impaired, exhausted, reckless, or negligent driver, Knowles Law Firm, PLC can help you seek justice and compensation. Call us at (602) 702-5431 to discuss the details of the crash with our personal injury team today.
 

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