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Drowsy Driving Symptoms Everyone Should Know About

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Drowsy driving is a problem everywhere, not just in Florida. However, this is where our firm and audience are, so the primary focus will be on drowsy driving in The Sunshine State. Are you of the belief that drowsy driving isn’t that big of an issue? If that’s the case, review the following stats. They may just change your mind.

According to The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 3,129 accidents across the state in 2020 where at least one driver was asleep or fatigued at the wheel. These events produced 114 SBIs or serious bodily injuries and six fatalities. The research says the numbers are actually down from where they were in 2015. However, there are still too many drowsy driving accidents in Florida.

Hence, we’ll discuss some of the signs associated with this behavior. That will create awareness around them. Then, you can make changes if they’re needed to ensure you don’t become a Florida drowsy driving statistic.

Excessive Yawning Or Blinking

It is not uncommon for people to yawn when they get sleepy. Individuals sometimes blink excessively when drowsiness begins setting in as well. Therefore, if you begin doing these things, it may be time to pull over for a cup of coffee. Excessive yawning and blinking are tell-tale signs that drowsy driving is occurring or about to occur.

Difficulty Remembering Miles Driven

Have you ever been driving along only to view your surroundings and wonder how you got where you were? Perhaps you entered an on ramp and traveled to a nearby neighboring city without even realizing it. Or maybe you missed your exit for your workplace, only not to snap to until after you were miles and miles out of the way.

Motorists that have difficulty remembering the miles they’ve driven are showing a sign of drowsy driving. So, if you can’t remember how you got to a certain point in your car, it might be in your best interest to pull over in a safe location where you can get out, walk, and stretch. Moving and getting the blood flowing should help you become alert and regain your focus. Then, you’ll be ready to drive again.

Drifting From Your Lane

Another sign associated with drowsy driving is drifting from your lane into another lane of traffic. If your lucky, the person next to you will honk, make you aware, and you’ll be able to correct your driving before you sideswipe their car. Of course, there may not always be another vehicle in the lane. For example, your car could drift into a median or shoulder and hit rumble strips.

They produce noises and sounds designed to wake those dozing off behind the wheel. Additionally, another warning could come from your vehicle itself if it’s equipped with a lane keep assist system. Regardless of how you find out you’re drifting from your lane, take action to stop it from happening again. Roll the windows down, turn the radio up, or pull over and take a nap. Just make sure you’re awake and focused on the task at hand, driving, before you continue traveling.

Are You Entitled To Compensation?

Have you been injured by a drowsy driver in Florida? If so, you may have the grounds to seek compensation for your damages. Contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh to schedule a free case review with a personal injury attorney. They’ll help you determine where the claim stands and how to approach the situation.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

Drowsy Driving Symptoms Everyone Should Know About

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