While many people in Kentucky are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, being sleepy while behind the wheel can also be surprisingly dangerous. Drunk driving has become socially unacceptable over the years, but 60 percent of American adults say that they have driven their cars while drowsy. Even worse, a full 33 percent of Americans say that they have fallen asleep while driving their vehicles.
In addition to the danger of car accidents, drowsy driving can be similar to drunk driving in other ways. In fact, sleep deprivation can have very similar effects on the human body as intoxication with alcohol. If a person drives after being awake for 18 hours straight, they will behave like a person with a blood-alcohol concentration of .05. If they have been awake for a full 24 hours, they could drive like their blood alcohol concentration was .10, which is over the legal limit.
When people drive while they are sleepy, they may find it difficult to keep their eyes and mind on the road. In addition, they might not be able to respond as quickly as they need to in emergency situations. Especially when driving on the roads at night, sleepy motorists can fall asleep and crash into objects or other vehicles. This can be true even if they’re driving at a high rate of speed.
Car accidents caused by drowsy driving or other forms of negligent behavior can lead to devastating injuries and even fatalities. People who have been hurt in a car crash can work with a personal injury lawyer to seek the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.