Lack of sleep is an obvious reason for drowsy driving, but there are other factors that contribute to driving tired that you may not know about.

How Long Commutes and Being a Man Contribute to Drowsy Driving

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It’s no secret that you are not at your best when you are tired. Your reaction time slows down, you don’t always make the right decisions, and you’re just not as sharp as you should be. Unfortunately, drowsy driving causes thousands of accidents each year and sometimes the causes are quite unlikely.

Unexpected Causes of Drowsy Driving

Of course not getting enough sleep in the previous 24 hours increases a driver’s chances of causing an accident, but other factors play a role, as well, such as the following:

  • Long commutes. Drivers who endure “mega-commutes,” or commutes that take 90 minutes or more or are at least 50 miles long, are often at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel. Although driving is not an active pastime, it does require mental alertness which can make you tired. Combine that with an eight-hour day and you could be exhausted when it is time to get behind the wheel.
  • Medical conditions. Certain medical issues and the medications needed to treat them can cause a person to feel abnormally tired when driving. Additionally, pain can prevent a person from getting the sleep he needs, which can make for a drowsy commute.
  • Gender. According to the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, males are more at risk for drowsy driving than females. Some of the reasons for this increased chance could be due to working long hours, staying out too late, and drinking alcohol. Additionally, studies show that people who are tired tend to engage in high-risk behavior. Young men are more likely to have increased amounts of risk-taking behavior.

Drowsy Driving Is Not Acceptable

People make mistakes, but sometimes they are deadly and expensive. If you are the victim of an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may face a lifetime of costly medical bills that you shouldn’t have to pay for. The Andrew Kim Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us today to learn how we have assisted many people in Seattle in getting the compensation they deserved, and how we may be able to do the same for you.

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