For some Florida residents, it may be impossible to avoid driving while drowsy. However, there are steps that people can take to avoid operating a motor vehicle while tired. If there is a passenger in the vehicle, that person could take over driving duties while the original driver takes a nap. A passenger may also be able to tell a driver if he or she is displaying symptoms of drowsy driving.
This can be ideal because drivers often don't notice that they are started to get tired. However, many commuters don't get the chance to ride with a passenger. Those who are driving on their own can pull over to the shoulder or find a rest stop to take a quick nap. Naps should be no longer than 20 minutes, and it can take a few minutes to become fully alert after waking up. On long road trips, individuals should plan to stop and rest every two hours.
If it isn't possible to get some sleep, caffeine could help a motorist stay alert for a few hours. Coffee or regular soda can be good sources of caffeine, and it can take up to 15 minutes for a driver to notice the effects of these beverages. Signs that a driver is too tired to drive include droopy eyelids or failing to notice a highway exit.
Someone who causes an accident due to fatigue may be held liable for medical and other expenses. The total amount of damages could depend on the injuries sustained by the crash victim. If a driver or passenger dies in an accident, the victim's estate may pursue compensation from the driver. Evidence of drowsy driving may include driver or witness statements. Legal counsel could help a plaintiff gather all the necessary evidence.