Majority of Drowsy Driving Accidents are Caused by Young DriversSeptember 14, 2018
Drowsy driving may not get the same kind of attention as drunk driving or distracted driving, but it can be just as dangerous. According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, an average of 328,000 drowsy-driving accidents occur every year in the United States. Over 50 percent of these crashes are caused by drivers under the age of 25. Like drunk driving and distracted driving, drowsy driving accidents are entirely preventable if motorists avoid getting behind the wheel after receiving little sleep.
Fatigue can have a significant impact on one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. To test the effects of drowsy driving, General Motors developed a suit that would give an idea of how drowsiness can affect reaction time and the ability to move quickly. The suit has weights at the wrists, ankles, and chest, totaling 23 pounds. In addition, a set of goggles distorts vision, which recreates the delayed reaction time that is associated with drowsiness.
What makes drowsy driving so dangerous is that it tends to happen over time, said a safety engineer at Chevy. Oftentimes, drivers are not aware of how tired they really are, which can affect their decision-making abilities. As a result, they make the unsafe decision to drive while impaired by fatigue. According to a study by AAA, drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
How to Avoid Drowsy Driving Accidents
There are several reasons why young drivers get behind the wheel after receiving little sleep. From pulling an all-nighter before an exam to staying up late at a party, too many drivers in their teen years and 20s do not understand the dangers of drowsy driving and the importance of sleep. While many drivers stop for a cup of coffee when they start to feel fatigued, this is just a quick fix.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report that found drivers who drink coffee when they are tired can still lose consciousness for brief moments of time. One to two cups of coffee, combined with a 20-minute nap can increase a driver’s alertness, but only for short periods of time. The only thing that will keep drivers feeling rested and alert is to consistently obtain six to eight hours of sleep every night. This is particularly true if the driver is going on a long trip.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Drowsy Driving Victims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident involving a drowsy driver, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We take these accidents very seriously and will work tirelessly to hold the responsible party liable for your injuries. Our dedicated, experienced team will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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