Drowsy driving can lead to serious injuries and property damage in Illinois and across the U.S. Due to a lack of sleep among many Americans, it’s a common problem, but it’s preventable.

According to The Sleep Foundation, drowsy driving can even be as dangerous as drunk driving when the driver gets less than five hours of sleep during the night. Studies have also found that 50% of people admit to driving when they’re tired.

How to avoid drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is estimated to be the cause of 9.5% of crashes. If you want to avoid car accidents while you’re fatigued, get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Drinking caffeine before your drive can offer a short-term boost of energy to help you stay alert. If you plan to drive a longer distance, avoid driving alone to ensure that you have someone else you can switch off with until you reach your destination.

If you feel tired while driving, find a rest stop where you can pull over and take a quick nap. This can help you to recharge before you get back on the road.

Who can you contact for legal assistance?

If you’re involved in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, contact a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling similar cases. The legal professional may review the details of the case and help determine the amount of compensation you might be eligible to receive. Your attorney may work directly with the other driver’s insurance provider in an attempt to settle outside of court when you’ve suffered from lost wages, serious injuries and damage to your vehicle.

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