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Thomas Carroll Blauvelt

Drowsy driving can be as deadly as drunk driving

Drivers must ensure that they’re in the proper condition to operate a vehicle. This includes being physically able to handle the vehicle, but it also means being mentally ready. There are many things that can have a negative impact on a driver’s ability to drive safely.

While you might think about drunk driving when you think of negligent driving, there’s another risk that can be just as deadly. This is drowsy driving. A drowsy driver can experience similar effects as being impaired by alcohol.

What can cause drowsy driving?

You may associate drowsiness with being tired. Lack of sleep can lead to drowsiness, but there are also other factors that can contribute to this issue. For example, drivers who have to travel at a time when they would normally be asleep may suffer from the worsened reaction time and difficulties with decision-making that come with being too tired.

Some medications, such as over-the-counter allergy pills and many pain-relieving prescriptions, can also cause drowsiness. People who have taken these should avoid getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Anyone involved in a drowsy driving crash may need to obtain medical care for their injuries. This can lead to considerable treatment, which can be rather costly. There’s no reason for the victim to have to cover those costs. Seeking compensation, which is possible under New Jersey law, can help the victims pass those expenses on to the negligent party that caused the crash. These cases can be complex, so work with someone familiar with these matters.