Most people are aware that drunk driving and distracted driving are two
major causes of
car accidents, but did you know that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous? The National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that driver
fatigue is responsible for at least 100,000 accidents each year, resulting
in more than 1,500 fatalities and over 70,000 injuries, not to mention
billions of dollars in property damage.
According to a 2005 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, approximately
168 million people (roughly 60% of adult drivers) have admitted to driving
a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year. Even more alarmingly,
more than one-third of drivers have even fallen asleep behind the wheel, with 13 percent saying that they have done so at least once a month.
Drowsy Driving Stats: Who’s at Risk?
Did you know…
- Shift workers are more likely to drive drowsy than those with regular daytime
- Adults with children are more likely to drive while fatigued than those without.
- Those with undiagnosed sleep disorders such as acute insomnia or sleep
apnea have a higher risk of being involved in a sleep-related accident.
Being awake for 18 hours produces an impairment equal to a blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) of .05%.
After 24 hours, the equivalent BAC value jumps to .10%, which exceeds what
is considered legally drunk.
- Sleeping six to seven hours a night nearly doubles a driver’s risk
of being involved in an accident over those who receive eight or more
hours of sleep. People sleeping less than 5 hours increase their risk
four to five times.
- Most crashes and near misses occur between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 a.m.,
followed closely by midnight and 2:00 a.m.
- Nearly one-quarter of adults say that they know someone who was involved
in an accident after falling asleep at the wheel.
Most adults who drive themselves to and from work have driven drowsy at
some point. It is important to remember that fatigued driving is a serious
problem that should not be taken lightly. Negligent drivers who cause
an accident because they chose to drive while fatigued could end up being
held liable for any injuries or deaths that resulted from the accident.
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If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a fatigued driver,
you may be able to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Speak
with an Orlando car accident attorney at Maher Law Firm about how best
to proceed with your case and what types of damages you may be entitled
to pursue. With our experienced representation, you may increase your
chances of maximizing your compensation for things like medical bills,
lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
To schedule your
no-cost case evaluation with an Orlando car accident lawyer, call us at (855) 338-0720.