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Driving Tired Causes Arizona Automobile Accidents

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on November 5, 2013

AAA Arizona has released new statistics that prove Arizona drivers are still taking risks operating their motor vehicles while drowsy. “Driving drowsy can be like driving with a blood alcohol level of .10,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “It significantly impacts reaction time, vision impairment and overall judgment.”

As the holidays approach, drivers will take more risks than they usually would and get behind the wheel when they just shouldn’t.

According to an annual AAA survey:

More than one in four motorists (28 percent) reported being so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open while driving in the past month.

Motorists ages 19-24 were the most likely to report driving dangerously drowsy at 33 percent.

About 95 percent of drivers believe it is somewhat or completely unacceptable to drive when they are so tired it is difficult to keep their eyes open. More than eight in 10 (83 percent) believe that drowsy drivers pose a threat to their personal safety.

How to Prevent a Drowsy Driving Incident

Keeping the roads safe for everyone starts with knowing the warning signs that signify drowsiness. Pull over and rest if you are:

  • Unable to recall the last few miles traveled
  • Having disconnected or wandering thoughts
  • Having difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open
  • Feeling as though your head is very heavy
  • Drifting out of your driving lane, perhaps driving on the rumble strips
  • Missing traffic signs and signals

If You Are Injured by a Drowsy Driver

The studies prove it: driving sleepy is the same as driving impaired. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an Arizona automobile accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a place to turn. Contact the Husband and Wife Law Team immediately if you are injured in an Arizona car wreck and suspect the driver was somehow impaired. Our team has the experience and the expert witnesses you’ll need to get justice.

Your initial consultation is always free; call today to get the help you need.

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