When you work an overnight shift or a late night shift, your main focus when getting out is to get home. Sometimes working a late shift may make it more likely that you will be drowsy as you drive home. This may increase your chances of being involved in a drowsy driving collision.
Many people work shifts that affect their sleep patterns. About 15 percent of workers are required to work rotating shifts or regularly work overnight. These changing work schedules can easily cause people to get an insufficient amount of sleep or disrupt a person’s sleep patterns. Drowsy driving has become a trend lately due to this kind of work schedule. One study found that roughly 28 percent of drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Driving while drowsy can be almost as dangerous as driving while drunk. This trend can cause harm to innocent drivers at any time of day.
You may think that if you have a short drive home, you are not in danger of drowsy driving. However, even driving short distances can be hazardous if you are tired, and you usually have a greater risk of being involved in a collision if you have a long drive home. This is because your senses are usually impaired if you have not gotten enough sleep. You may easily become involved in a crash if you need to brake suddenly. Sometimes you may also lose control of your car. Most of the time, your driving can be impaired within the first 15 minutes you are on the road.
This information is intended to educate and should not be used in place of legal advice.
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