Many drivers in Georgia would probably admit to driving drowsy at least once; according to some studies, 60 percent of adults in the U.S. have done it, and a third of them even claim to have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is more dangerous than some people think as its effects resemble those of drunk driving.

After a person is awake for 18 consecutive hours, their driving performance is comparable to that of someone with a .05 blood alcohol content. After 24 consecutive hours, it will be comparable to that of someone with a .10 BAC, which is .02 more than the legal limit. While both drivers suffer from inattention and impaired decision-making abilities, they do not necessarily drive the same. Drunk drivers often travel slowly while drowsy drivers may nod off while going fast. A drunk driver may try to brake or swerve away from dangers while a driver who’s asleep may not.

The ability to avoid drowsy driving lies only with the individual. If drivers are constantly yawning, bobbing their head, drifting from their lane or having trouble focusing on street signs, they should pull over and take a 20-minute nap or drink some strong coffee. They could also switch with a passenger. When possible, drivers should drive only when they’re most alert.

Drowsy driving is a form of negligent behavior, so when it causes a car accident, the victim may have a strong case against the guilty party. Before filing the claim against that party’s auto insurance company, the victim might request a case evaluation with a lawyer. If the lawyer is hired, he or she may have third parties investigate the case to find proof of negligence before heading to the negotiation table. If negotiations fall through, the victim may consider litigation.