The Dangers of Dehydration and Driving: A Hidden Risk

There are several news stories, as well as professional studies that are focused on the dangers of driving while intoxicated, distracted or fatigued. However, a new study has shown that if you don’t drink the proper amount of water during the day (dehydration), it may lead to the higher chance of being involved in an car accident and more critical injuries.

Dangers of Dehydration

As the summer months approach, record breaking heat is more common than not in Florida. There are far too many people who are completely unaware of how much the sun and heat can drain their energy and lead quickly to dehydration.

If you have suffered an injury due to someone else not paying attention while behind the wheel, then you may have the ability to file for monetary compensation. A Florida car accident lawyer can help you with this difficult situation.

Signs You May be Dehydrated

When you begin to notice that you are more sensitive to the sun and heat, you should drink some water. The fact is, this is one of the first signs of dehydration. However, there are few who don’t take any action.

If you are dehydrated, you may also become distracted because your mind may begin to wander and your muscles are weak. This can result into delayed reaction times, which can increase the chances of you being involved in an accident.

Dehydration vs. Drunk Driving: What’s More Dangerous?

There is some research out of the United Kingdom that supports the theory that if you drive dehydrated, it may be just as dangerous as driving while drunk.

During a study, driving simulators were used to test a group of men after they were adequately hydrated, and then again when they were somewhat dehydrated. The level of dehydration during the study was mild.

The purpose of this was to simulate the conditions in the real world, especially where people were working longer days and unable to take appropriate breaks to notice how dehydration was affecting them. The study showed that the drivers who were dehydrated (even slightly) were taking more mistakes while on the road.

This led to slower reaction times and judgement. This is very similar to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

What Should You do if You are Injured in an Accident

There are several accident victims that don’t realize the extent of their injuries until several weeks or days after the accident occurs. Even mild injuries, such as a concussion or whiplash can cause more serious issues and require advanced medical treatments or surgery.

If dehydration played a role in the accident, the person may also be held accountable; however, this is still a factor that is difficult to prove. As a result, you need to retain the services of a quality personal injury attorney in Florida. They will be able to review the facts of the case to ensure that your rights are protected.

To learn more about filing a lawsuit, contact personal injury lawyer Scott J. Sternberg by calling 561-687-5660.

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