Are there specific signs of drowsy driving that bicyclists can watch out for?
There are many signs of drowsy driving, such as yawning, droopy eyelids, and head nodding. However, you can only witness those signs if you are in the car with the driver. If you are outside of a car the drowsy driver is in, you can identify him or her by certain driving behaviors, such as:
- Weaving and swerving
- Drifting out of one’s lane
- Hitting a shoulder
- Driving on the rumble strip
- Braking for no reason
Bicyclists next to or following vehicles that demonstrate any of these signs should back off and stay clear of these possible drowsy drivers. Unfortunately, not every bicyclist can spot the signs of drowsy driving. If a driver is approaching a bicyclist from the rear, it would make it near impossible for a bicyclist to know if the driver is fighting sleep deprivation.
For this reason, our Sarasota bicycle accident lawyers urge all cyclists to never ride while listening to music or talking on a cell phone. This way, you may have a chance of hearing when a driver is driving over the rumble strip or if others are honking because a driver is swerving or drifting into their lane.
Sadly, drowsy drivers have dulled alertness, delayed response times, and are an actual danger to others on the road. They are at risk for causing a Florida bicycle and car crash. If you have been injured by a drowsy driver, make sure your interests are being protected. Call the Mallard Law Firm at 888-409-3805 for a free initial consultation today.