California motorcyclists face more danger compared to other drivers on the road. This means that any risk a driver faces also affects motorcyclists. It often affects them even more. Today we will look at the risk of drowsy driving and how it endangers motorcyclists.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) break down the risks drowsy drivers pose. Drowsy driving is a form of distracted driving. The driver is incapable of:
- Reacting to dangers in a fast and efficient way
- Braking in time to avoid hitting cars
- Focusing on safe driving behaviors
- Being mindful of other vehicles on the road
Even if a driver does not fall asleep at the wheel, they are still a risk. Nodding off results in drivers going too fast and hitting cars around them. If one of these drivers were to hit a motorcycle, the result is catastrophic.
Motorcyclists do not have the same protections as covered vehicles. Any hit they face may send them flying. Impacts from other cars sometimes hit their body head-on. Without diffusion by the exterior of a car, the damage is often vast. This results in broken bones, bruising, lacerations and even limb loss in severe cases. Motorcyclists are also prone to spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury. This is especially true if they are not wearing proper safety gear.
Drowsy drivers are sometimes hard to spot. If you notice any driver weaving or drifting in the road, it is best to avoid them. You may be dealing with a drowsy driver and all the risks that come with them.