Traffic safety advocates are concerned that drivers in Mississippi and elsewhere aren’t taking drowsy driving seriously enough. As a result, they’re trying to raise awareness about the issue.

According to an AAA report, drowsy driving accidents are eight times more common than federal agencies currently estimate. Meanwhile, a National Sleep Foundation poll found that 60 percent of adult drivers say they’ve engaged in drowsy driving, while 37 percent admit they’ve fallen asleep while operating a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t understand how dangerous such behaviors can be. Studies have shown that fatigue impacts the body similarly to the way alcohol does. For example, staying awake for 24 consecutive hours can make someone feel like they have a blood alcohol level of .10 percent, which is higher than the legal limit.

Safety experts say that drivers should always be on the lookout for signs of fatigue. These include yawning, memory lapses, lane drifting and hazardous driving maneuvers. If drivers become sleepy, they should pull over and get rest as soon as possible. In order to stay awake in the meantime, drivers may want to call someone or play mental games to increase alertness. They should also make sure all their vehicle’s safety features are activated.

Car accidents caused by sleep-deprived drivers often cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles that require lengthy periods of expensive medical care. People who have been harmed by this type of negligence might want to have the help of a lawyer when attempting to seek appropriate compensation.  If you believe you have been injured by a drowsy driver,  call George B. Ready to help you with your claim.

Source: NBC News, “How to tell if you’re too tired to drive — and what to do if you are, Brianna Steinhilber, July 8, 2018