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Avoid a Kentucky Car Accident Caused by Drowsiness

If you have ever gotten behind the wheel when you were very tired, you probably thought you could fight the fatigue.  Maybe you brought along a cup of caffeinated coffee or rolled down the windows on a cold day to help you stay awake.  While these are good ways to stay alert, driving drowsy can lead to a deadly Kentucky car accident.

Thousands of people are killed in Kentucky auto accidents every year.  Drowsiness is occasionally a factor in some of the more serious car wrecks.  Tired drivers are such a major hazard on the road that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research sponsored a report that analyzed ways to prevent this problem.

Are you aware that drowsiness is considered to be an impairment when it comes to driving?  When you are tired, your reaction time to road dangers is substantially impacted.   The NHTSA report states that “critical aspects of driving impairment associated with sleepiness are reaction time, vigilance, attention, and information processing.”

This report did suggest some things that you can do to prevent a drowsy-related car accident.  Some of these tips include:

  • Getting an adequate amount of sleep
  • Staying away from alcohol when you are tired
  • Restricting your driving between the hours of midnight and 6 AM
  • If you are feeling extremely tired, stop driving

Your risk of being involved in an auto accident associated with drowsiness goes up when you have lost sleep, are taking sedation drugs or have consumed alcohol.

If you have been hurt in a Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati car accident caused by the other driver, who may have been distracted or drowsy, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.  For more information, contact a Northern Kentucky car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to learn about your legal rights.

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