Are drowsy drivers a danger to motorcyclists?

On Behalf of | May 21, 2020 | Firm News |

Motorcyclists in North Carolina understand that the road is a dangerous place. For them, it holds even more danger than for the average driver. For example, drowsy drivers put everyone at risk. But motorcyclists still face more threat.

Today, we will look at the dangers of drowsy driving. In specific, we will examine the impact drowsy driving has on motorcyclist safety.

Why is drowsy driving dangerous?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drowsy driving endangers everyone on the road. This is because drowsy driving is a form of distracted driving. Most people understand the risks distracted driving can pose. Some issues drivers run into include:

  • Inability to focus on their surroundings
  • Slow reaction times
  • Inability to detect danger
  • Over or under-reactions to threats

Drowsy drivers also risk falling asleep at the wheel. This complete lack of consciousness makes it impossible to avoid any dangers. It also causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle. This is why so many crashes with sleeping drivers result in serious injury. In some cases, it even ends with fatalities.

Why do motorcyclists face more risk?

Of course, motorcyclists have less protection than the drivers of covered vehicles. Any time a motorist gets into a wreck with a motorcyclist, it is the motorcyclist who suffers more. They have a higher rate of serious injury and mortality.

You have the issues seen in drowsy driving. Combine that with the lack of protection motorcyclists have. It is a recipe for disaster. A crash can easily take a motorcyclist’s life. This is important for all drivers to keep in mind when they consider driving while tired.