Auto Accidents

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Asleep at the Wheel

Most every day we read or hear about drivers that or text and drive, where se occurs at the hands of the driver.

But less is reported on drivers that fall asleep at the wheel. Drivers that should be home in bed, truck drivers and big rig drivers attempting to drive way past their physical and mental limits.

  • Yawning, rubbing your eyes or blinking frequently
  • Trouble focusing or keeping your eyes open or your head up
  • Difficulty remembering the last few miles driven
  • Drifting from your lane or hitting a rumble strip

Many do not realize that more than one in five (that’s 1in 5) fatal crashes involve driver fatigue.

Accident investigators are quick to spot the use of a cell phone or the use of alcohol leading to the accident. However, the lack of sleep or driver fatigue does not leave behind physical evidence.

Many drivers endanger themselves and others on our roadways because they misjudge their ability to overcome fatigue and underestimate the impact sleepiness has on driving performance.

Individuals that only get in six to seven hours of sleep are twice as likely to be involved in a crash as those who sleep eight hours or more, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Study. The same study found that sleeping less than five hours increases the risk of a drowsy-driving accident four-fold.

Teenage drivers, who often are balancing school, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs, are even more at risk, with some studies showing half of all fatigued-driving crashes involve drivers 25 or younger.

Truck drivers and night shift workers or individuals that work long hours, shift workers, commercial drivers and those with untreated sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea are by far the most at risk for sleep-related accidents.


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