Distracted driving is a real epidemic, but so is drowsy driving. The practice has been making victims across the state of Washington and is concerning officials.
The latest victim of drowsy driving is not what most would expect, as the person in question was a motorcycle rider.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a 50-year-old woman from Pacific County was injured after falling asleep while riding her motorcycle. The accident happened on Saturday night. She was driving southbound on US 101, and as she approached Long Beach, she reportedly fell asleep. The motorcycle leaned to her left and her foot rest ended up striking the ground.
After the incident, she and her Yamaha XVS650 ended up facing northbound, crashing and resting in a ditch. After the accident, she was taken to the hospital for treatment.
WSP officials reported that the woman faces a possible charge of second-degree negligent driving. She could also face a charge of driving without a motorcycle endorsement.
While this is an unusual drowsy driving accident, it isn’t all that uncommon.
Unfortunately, many drivers and riders become too tired to continue driving and yet, they don’t pull over or hand over the wheel to another driver. Needless to say, that attitude can get you in a lot of trouble.
If you must drive long hours, especially at night, and you feel too tired to continue, pull over safely to a spot where you can park your car and take a nap. Ignoring your body’s needs will only put you in danger.
Another way you can avoid drowsy driving is to plan ahead, and make sure you pick spots where you can pull over to rest, or have a second driver ready to take over if needed.
Whatever you do, do not allow your tired state to take over, as it will expose you to major accident dangers.
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