Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Most drivers know that when they get behind the wheel in Albuquerque, there are a few behaviors that they should avoid if they want to get to their destination safely. Few drivers would say that drinking while driving, texting while driving, or speeding are not dangerous.

There is another dangerous behavior to which drivers often turn a blind eye, even dismissing or justifying it — drowsy driving. However, drowsy driving in New Mexico can be incredibly risky, and significantly increases the chances of a collision.

Drowsy Driving and Car Crashes

Drowsy driving is an incredibly pervasive activity on American roadways, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that one in every 25 adults reports having fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in the past 30 days. Of course, this number does not account for the number of drivers who get behind the wheel after not getting enough sleep, even if they do not actually fall asleep while driving.

Drowsy driving is not only common in Albuquerque, but it is extremely dangerous. The CDC, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), estimates that up to 6,000 fatal crashes per year can be contributed to drowsy driving.

Just as Dangerous as Drunk Driving?

Most drivers would never even think about getting behind the wheel while drunk but do not think twice about operating a motor vehicle when they are overly fatigued. This is concerning because statistics suggest that drowsy driving may be just as dangerous and impairing as drunk driving. The Sleep Foundation reports that having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05% is equivalent to being awake for 18 hours straight, and that being awake for a full 24 hours is the equivalent of having a BAC of .10%.

Know the Signs of Drowsiness and Stay Off of the Road

As a responsible driver in New Mexico, you surely care about doing your part to be safe. This means that you should learn to recognize the signs of drowsiness, and avoid driving if you are feeling overly fatigued. Some obvious signs that you are not equipped to drive include:

● Going more than 18 hours without sleep;

● Constantly yawning;

● Not being able to think clearly or focus;

● Drifting from your lane while driving; and

● Trouble remembering how you got to where you are/what you have been doing for the past few minutes.

Even if you are mid-trip, if you notice that you are too tired to drive, find a safe place to pull over and get some shuteye.

Reach Our Car Accident Attorney Today

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a drowsy driver in Albuquerque, you maintain the right to hold that driver liable for your damages. At the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr., we can help. To schedule a free consultation with our experienced New Mexico car accident lawyer and learn more about your rights after a serious crash, please call us today or send us a message directly.