Tennessee drivers know there are a myriad of risks and hazards that could threaten their personal safety while on the road. From dangerous road conditions to distracted drivers, many factors could lead to an increased chance of a car accident. One of these issues is drowsy driving.

Almost every driver gets behind the wheel while tired at some point, but there is a point where a driver could actually be too tired to drive safely. Drowsy driving is a serious problem, and it could be the cause for the accident that left you injured. If a driver who was negligent or reckless caused you harm, you could have a valid claim to financial compensation through a personal injury claim.

How tired is too tired to drive?

It’s impossible to accurately determine how many accidents happen every year because of drowsy driving. Most drivers are reluctant to admit when they are too tired to operate a motor vehicle safely, but drowsiness can be just as dangerous as other types of risky behaviors.

Many people may think that drowsy driving is not that dangerous, but in reality, it can be a direct threat to the health and safety of every individual on the road. Exhaustion behind the wheel can do the following:

  • Reduce a driver’s ability to pay attention to the task at hand
  • Lessen a driver’s ability to make smart decisions while operating a vehicle
  • Make a driver less able to react appropriately to the actions and decisions of other drivers

Even if a driver does not actually fall asleep, an exhausted driver can be incredibly dangerous. This issue could be more prominent than you may assume. According to the CDC, a startlingly high number of drivers admit to at least one incident of falling asleep behind the wheel. Drivers who are shift workers, have certain medical conditions, take certain medications and generally do not get enough sleep are more prone to driving while too tired.

How can you hold liable drivers accountable?

If you were hurt in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you have the right to hold the liable driver accountable. It can be a complex process, but it is possible by filing a civil claim, and you can begin this process by reaching out for help after your accident. With appropriate legal guidance, you can build a case that validates your claim to restitution after a drowsy driving accident.