Drivers in Pennsylvania share the road with many individuals. Unfortunately, one person’s poor driving could make the entire road less safe for everyone. Today, we will look at drowsy driving and the potential danger it poses.
Injuries received in crashes related to drowsy driving are often severe. This is because drowsy drivers cannot respond to dangerous situations in a quick and efficient way. If a driver actually falls asleep at the wheel, they can crash into other cars without having time to stop themselves. Even drowsy drivers who are awake have slower reflexes and cannot think as clearly.
These crashes are particularly dangerous if they occur on a freeway or highway. With driving speeds averaging at around 60 to 70 miles per hour, most crashes have the potential to be serious. Drowsy drivers are likely to work up so much momentum that when they do not stop, they cause their car to overturn and roll. They are also more likely to cross over the meridian into oncoming traffic. Head-on collisions are among the most deadly for all parties involved.
As for the type of injury, drowsy driving incidents can lead to moderate to severe damage. This may include:
- Muscle tears and sprains
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Road rash
- Loss of limbs
- Injury to the brain or spine
- Internal bleeding or bruising
To read more about the injuries that can result from car crashes, take a look at our web page here. You can start off by reading about drowsy driving and delve into the wider umbrella of distracted driving from there.