Lehigh Acres Accident Reminds Drivers About Dangers of Drowsy Driving

by Carmen Dellutri on August 15, 2013

Sarasota personal injury attorneyA recent crash in Lehigh Acres highlights the dangers of drowsy driving. An Edison State College student studying to be a paramedic fell asleep behind the wheel after a 24-hour ride-along shift with Lee County EMS.

The driver was on her way home when she dozed off and struck a pickup truck towing a construction trailer around 8:30 a.m. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries.

As we have previously highlighted on this Florida Injury Blog, younger drivers, ages 16 to 24, are more likely to drive while drowsy, according to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey. In fact, one in seven licensed drivers in that age group report falling asleep at the wheel least once in the past year.

Symptoms that you may be too tired to drive include having trouble keeping your eyes opened and focused, missing exits and traffic signs, daydreaming, and drifting from the road. To remain alert and avoid drowsiness, AAA suggests:

  • Getting plenty of sleep (at least six hours) the night before a long trip;
  • Scheduling a break every two hours or every 100 miles;
  • Traveling at times when you are normally awake, and staying overnight rather than driving straight through; and
  • Stop driving if you become sleepy; someone who is tired could fall asleep at any time.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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