Many safety awareness topics are introduced when the timing is most relevant. At the law offices of McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, we know this is especially true when it comes to numerous types of motor vehicle accidents. You and other Louisiana residents may be planning to travel over Thanksgiving and during the upcoming holiday season, which is a prime time for drowsy driving accidents.
The National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation have designated the first full week of November as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. You might be planning to drive out of town to visit relatives over the holidays. It is important to understand your risks of being in a sleep-related accident.
Before you go on your trip, it is wise to address a suspected or untreated sleep disorder, including insomnia, with your doctor, as well as any medications you take that cause drowsiness. You should plan on getting a full night’s sleep before your trip. If possible, take someone with you who can drive when you start to get sleepy, and vice versa. If you find yourself becoming drowsy behind the wheel, pull over to stretch your legs or to take a short nap. Never rely on caffeine, loud music or cold air to keep you awake during a long road trip.
You may increase your safety, as well as the safety of your family and others, by addressing any sleep-related issues before your trip. However, you cannot predict or prevent the negligent actions of other drivers, as our page on car accidents explains. In these cases, you may be eligible for compensation.