The Dangers of Driving Fatigued
Driving distracted or under the influence is one of the worst decisions you can ever make. You’re not only putting your own life at risk, you’re endangering the lives of everyone else in your car, as well as the other drivers on the road. Thousands of fatalities on our highways each year begin with someone fishing for their keys after a few drinks or sending a text when they should have their eyes on the road.
But driving intoxicated or distracted aren’t the only decisions that could end badly. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, driving fatigued is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Their study found that getting behind the wheel sleep-deprived is the equivalent of driving after consuming 3-4 alcoholic beverages. What makes that statistic even scarier is the fact that more than 1/3 of all Americans get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep every night, which means millions of us every day are driving impaired.
Thankfully, there’s an antidote. Get more sleep. And if you can’t, get another ride. Although at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our car accident attorneys are always ready to step in and help accident victims in Arkansas, we’d much rather you arrive safe to your destination. Don’t put your life and the lives of others at risk. If you shouldn’t be driving…don’t.