Driving While Tired Causes Thousands of Car Accidents Each Year
Driver fatigue, also referred to as Drowsy Driving, is a serious and widespread safety hazard that causes thousands of preventable car accidents every year. In order to protect your own safety, as well as the safety of your passengers and fellow motorists, it is extremely important to remain alert, attentive and fully awake behind the wheel at all times.
Just as Distracted Driving and Drunk Driving take a motorist’s attention off of the task of safely operating a vehicle, Drowsy Driving lowers reaction times and increases the risk of being involved in an accident. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that fatigued drivers are twice as likely to make dangerous performance errors compared to alert drivers.
Drowsy Driving is a serious and widespread safety issue that puts thousands of motorists at risk of serious injury, or even death, every year. At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Car Accident lawyers, we want to help share important information about this dangerous driver behavior.
Did You Know?
• The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that
1 out of every 25 adult drivers have reported falling asleep behind the wheel
in the last 30 days.
• The NHTSA estimates that there are approximately 83,000 car accidents involving fatigued drivers annually, and that these types of accidents caused 846 driver fatalities in 2014.
• Drivers that are at highest risk of becoming fatigued behind the wheel include young male drivers between the ages of 17 and 23, people with sleep disorders, and people who work night shifts and/or long, irregular hours.
Important steps that can help you avoid driver fatigue:
•Get a Full Night’s Sleep: Healthcare professionals recommend getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep
every night. If you are driving for long hours without the benefit of
a full night’s sleep, you could be increasing your risk of being
involved in a car accident caused by fatigue.
•Coffee Isn’t Enough: Coffee and energy drinks alone may not be enough to keep you alert if you are seriously sleep deprived. If you feel yourself getting drowsy behind the wheel, the NHTSA recommends that you drink one to two cups of coffee and pull over into a safe space to take a 20 minute nap.
•Other Risk Factors: Alcohol and prescription medication can heighten the effects of fatigue and drowsiness behind the wheel. Before you get behind the wheel, be aware of whether or not any prescription medication you are taking lists drowsiness as a common side-effect. And never get behind the wheel if you have consumed any alcoholic beverages.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call Del Rio & Carichoff right away. When you call, you will speak with one of our Sacramento Car Accident attorneys absolutely FREE.
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