Drowsy driving hits closer to home than you may think. It might come as a surprise that the leading culprit for drowsy driving is not semi-truck drivers who spend countless hours on the road, but teenagers.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that one in five fatal accidents is caused by a drowsy driver, and those most likely to be involved in this type of incident are drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 years old.
Drowsiness is similar to drunk driving in its ability to inhibit a driver’s reflexes and decision-making. It also often results in the same fatal outcome. If you or someone you loved has been injured or died as a result of a sleep-deprived driver, contact our experienced auto accident attorneys today.
The president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that “drowsy driving is deadly, but it’s also completely avoidable.” By getting the appropriate recommended hours of sleep and by being conscious of how we’re feeling, drowsy driving is easily preventable.
The recommended number of hours of sleep an adult should get each night is 7-9 hours. However, a poll on www.drowsydriving.org shows that 41 percent of participants get an average 6-7 hours of sleep on weekdays and 29 percent get less than six hours each night.
Recent recommendations for teenagers suggest young adults should get more than nine hours of sleep for optimal alertness during the day and while driving.
Sleep-deprived drivers often drive similar to drunk drivers by not being able to stay in their own lane, getting too close to other vehicles on the road and missing road signs and turns.
Drowsy driving is a serious and often deadly cause of auto accidents. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a sleep-deprived driver, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Call our team of experienced auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation.