Drunk Driving Vs. Drowsy Driving

Most of us are aware of the immense dangers associated with drunk driving and the toll it takes on the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals on the road every year. It is deadly and legal, packing some justifiably stiff penalties. However, what many do not know is that drowsy driving can be just as bad. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 100,000 crashes are caused by drowsy driving every year.

According to several studies, enduring 24 hours without sleep is equivalent to having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .10, which is .02 over the legal limit. Sleep deprivation can slow down your reaction time, ability to process information, and affect your memory. With compromised reflexes, accidents are much more likely to occur.

Comparing the Two

To illustrate the similarities, let us compare the signs of someone who is too drunk to drive versus someone who is too tired:

  • Drunk: Someone who is too drunk to drive will exhibit slurred speech, an inability to balance and slowed reaction time. He or she will also be unable to recall conversation topics that were just discussed moments ago.
  • Drowsy: Someone who is too fatigued to drive will have difficulties with focusing and have heavy eyelids. He or she might also drift into other lanes, tailgate, or hit the shoulder. Additionally, drowsiness will compromise an individual’s reflexes and he or she might not be able to remember the last few miles driven.

Essentially, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving and can lead to catastrophic consequences, especially when paired together. If you are feeling tired or drowsy, or if you have consumed even a small amount of alcohol, it could impair your reaction time and your ability to remain awake. If you are too tired, pull over somewhere safe, such as a rest stop, and take a nap before you resume driving. If you have had too much to drink, call a taxi or ridesharing service.

Personal Injury Attorney in Denver, Colorado

If you or someone you love was injured in a drunk driving or drowsy driving accident, you should not have to pay for the reckless actions of someone else. You have a right to pursue fair and just compensation. At Gerash Steiner, P.C., our personal injury team is here to protect the interests of those we serve in the aftermath of serious accidents and injuries, and have a proven track record of success.

Contact our office today at (303) 732-5048 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.

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