The Florida Legislature recently passed a bill aimed to make the public aware of the dangers of driving while fatigued. The bill formally recognizes the first week in September as ‘Drowsy-Driving Week.’ The week is intended to raise awareness and educate people about the potential consequences of driving drowsy. Representative Alan Williams championed the bill in response to a tragic accident that occurred in 2008, when an 80 year-old woman was killed after the driver of a cement truck fell asleep and rear-ended the bus in which she was a passenger.
The Dangers of Driving Fatigued
Unfortunately, this woman’s death is just one horrific example of the results of driver fatigue on Florida’s roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that around 100,000 accidents occur from drowsy driving in America each year.
Drowsiness affects many skills and processes that a driver relies upon to stay safe. The National Sleep Foundation reported that fatigue impairs reaction time and judgment, decreases performance and vigilance and increases moodiness and aggression. Driving while sleepy not only endangers the driver’s life but risks the lives of other travelers on Florida’s roads.
Tips on Preventing Tragedy
If you feel drowsy while driving it is important to protect yourself and others. If a passenger is with you, let them drive. If you are alone, pull over to a safe place and take a nap or rest.
If you or someone you love is involved in an accident, it is crucial to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The process of gathering evidence and meeting strict legal deadlines requires immediate attention from an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney. The attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, have assisted numerous car accident victims to obtain compensation for their injuries. Please visit www.sgglaw.com to learn how Greenberg, Stone & Urbano can help you.