When most people think of the causes of car accidents, the most common reasons including driving while under the influence’ distracted driving such as driving while texting, eating or fumbling with the radio and perhaps other external factors such as poor weather conditions or unforeseen hazards on the road. What may be less noticed is the hazards that driving while drowsy presents while on the roads.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, statistics show that drowsy driving plays a significant role in accidents. Over their last month as many as 1 in every 25 adult drivers admit to have had fallen asleep while behind the wheel. The National Highway Safety Administration estimated that in 2013, drowsy driving accounted for 800 deaths, approximately 44,000 injuries and a total of about 72,000 crashes. The CDC suspects that these numbers are quite low, and they estimate as many as 6,000 deaths may have been a result of drowsy driving.
There are a few warning signs that may be overlooked but are possible signs of being tired or drowsy, including forgetting the previous few miles while driving, missing an exit, driving away from your lane and hitting rumble strips, and continual yawning and blinking.
However cautious and safe you travel, the fact remains that you are not the only one on the road, and it may be another drowsy driver on the road that swerves into your lane and causes an accident. This should serve as a constant reminder that car accidents could occur anywhere at any time. If you have been a victim of any car accident, you may want to speak with a legal professional to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel,” Accessed on Jan. 25, 2017