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DWS (Driving While Sleeping) just as dangerous as DWI?

DWS (Driving While Sleeping) just as dangerous as DWI?

With our cruise control, comfortable seats, and music we may become a bit mesmerized while driving. Sometimes it may seem the car can almost do it for us! Beware; driving while fatigued is a very dangerous situation. You doze off for even a second, and you could end up risking your own life and even the lives of others. Ok, so it is serious we need to stay alert, but how do you do that? Once you sit in that big comfortable seat for long enough, it doesn’t matter how much sleep you got the night before.

That’s where we will start, the obvious first suggestion, get as much sleep as possible at night, you know the whole 8 hours thing. That may be foreign to some of you, with busy work schedules, kids, and whatever else may be consuming your life. I understand that, so here’s a few more suggestions to keep you alert and focused on the road.

Let’s start with your body, when driving long distances; your body goes through several areas of relaxation adjustment. As you begin to relax, your heart rate, circulation, and blood pressure begin to drop. This can lead you to doze off in the middle of the road.

To keep this process from occurring, reposition yourself, which may be all it takes to wake you up. This will increase your endorphin levels and decrease “road paralysis.” You know the feeling, when you’ve driven a given amount of miles and didn’t even realize it; you’re mentally awake but just going through the motions of driving. If moving around doesn’t work, try stopping for a snack or maybe even a power nap.

Now, for what you use to stay alert on the road, the mind. Music can be a good method to staying awake, as it can work your mind and lengthen your attention span. Be careful, because even a loud rock concert may not even be able to keep you from dozing off. Need some more suggestions to keep yourself entertained? Try things like talk radio, or books on tape, something you are interested in to make a long drive feel a little shorter.

Drive careful, and stay alert. Your life and the lives of others are at risk. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, an experienced attorney may be able to make a difference in your case. Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC for a free initial consultation or request your free copy of the Virginia Car Accident Guide.

Aggressive Driving Linked to More than 50% of All Fatal Vehicle Accident

Unfortunately, many people participating in the same survey also reported driving aggressively themselves!

Almost 50% reported exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph on major highways in the past month and about one in six said they drove more than 15 mph over the limit on neighborhood streets.

The study also found that 56% of all deadly motor vehicle crashes were caused, at least in part, by some form of aggressive driving. Of course, speeding, the most common form of aggressive driving, was involved in more than 30% of those fatal accidents.

Click here to view the full survey and statistics.

At Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, we understand how an aggressive driver can cause devastating injuries, which can change your life, as well as your family members’ lives, and we remain committed to providing the legal help you need and obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Please contact us to discuss your serious car accident, motorcycle crash or tractor-trailer wreck personal injury claim. We can help.

Virginia Car Accidents: A Closer Look at Brain Injuries

Accidents such as car crashes, slip and fall injuries, and other incidents can often result in brain injuries. In the event of such an occurrence, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to minimize the long-term effect of a brain injury. Unfortunately, not many people recognize the signs of brain trauma until it is too late.

Here is some information on how to identify a concussion, a common injury that can result from car accidents.

What is a concussion?

According to PubMed Health, a concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury that can occur when an object strikes the head.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

  • Headache
  • Having difficulty waking up, drowsiness, fatigue
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion or fogginess
  • Slurred speech

Seek immediate medical care if anyone who experiences a traumatic head injury displays these symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Repeated loss of consciousness
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Difficulty with motor or mental function
  • Unequal pupils or unusual eye movements

How to test for a concussion:

Signs and symptoms of a brain injury may not appear until hours or days after the injury. The best way to identify a concussion is to go see a doctor after the injury has occurred. Tests may include:

  • Neurological exam
  • Imaging tests
  • Observation

Contact a Virginia Head And Brain Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to reasons beyond your control, contact Jim Parrish, the leading attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC. We work to help northern Virginia residents get fair compensation for their injuries. Jim fights for his fellow citizens with the experience gained from working for the other side. Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC now and fill out a free case consultation form, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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