Have you ever driven drowsy? Maybe you fought it by drinking coffee, listening to loud music, or rolling down the windows to let the cold, fresh air into the car. Were you on a road trip and didn’t have a hotel reservation so you kept on driving to reach your home or destination? The one problem with this is that driving while tired can lead to a Georgia traffic accident.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, drowsy driving accounts for one in six traffic fatalities. For this reason, they sponsor the national Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 12-18, 2012) to help raise awareness about this problem and to prevent future drowsy-driving-related crashes.
- What’s recommended to prevent driver fatigue?
- Getting plenty of sleep prior to the drive
- Switching off driving with a passenger on a long trip
- Taking breaks
- Traveling during the day instead of overnight
- Not taking medications that can make you drowsy
While you can do your part to prevent a drowsy-driving-related accident in Atlanta, you still need to be alert for fatigued truck drivers on the road. Some warning signs that a trucker may be sleepy include lane drifting, swerving, hitting the rumble strips, and tailgating. If you spot a trucker doing any of these things on the road, avoid driving near the truck and call the local authorities if you feel like the truck may be a hazard to those on the road.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a drowsy trucker, you need to talk with an experienced Atlanta trucking accident attorney as soon as possible to make sure your interests are protected. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation today.