You need to remain alert at all times while driving, and it is important to stay off of the road if you feel too tired to focus. Regrettably, a lot of drivers get behind the wheel even though they have difficulty concentrating due to drowsiness.
Every year, drowsy driving accidents cause a significant number of injuries and deaths. Drivers should take a close look at data on these accidents in order to have a better understanding of how widespread they are and the aftermath of these collisions.
The prevalence of drowsy driving crashes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that over 91,000 drowsy driving crashes occurred in 2017. Among these accidents, 50,000 people sustained injuries and almost 800 people lost their lives. That said, the CDC states that the real number of drowsy driving accidents, injuries and deaths is likely much higher. After all, pinpointing driver fatigue can prove challenging in the wake of a crash.
Drowsy driving risks to keep in mind
According to the CDC, some groups have an especially high chance of driving drowsy, such as teens, young adults, commercial truckers, those who work long shifts and drivers who fail to get the right amount of sleep. Certain medications can result in drowsy driving, as well as sleep disorders left untreated.
The chances of a drowsy driving collision increase in the late afternoon and from 12 AM to 6 AM. Driving for extended periods of time and drinking alcohol can also cause driver fatigue. It is vital for those injured in accidents caused by drowsy drivers to seek justice.