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Drowsy Driving Causes More Deaths Than Previously Recognized

Posted On 08/09/16

AAA, the national company that assists stranded motorists, recently released the results of a study that shows that annually more than 325,000 car crashes are caused by drivers who were too tired to drive safely.  However, the results of this study and several other studies suggest that the true rate of crashes caused by sleepy drivers may be much higher.  It is difficult to determine the exact number of such car crashes because the only clues available to investigators are the lack of braking and the time of the crash.  While the symptoms of driving  while drowsy are similar to those related to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there is no objective test to determine the wakefulness of the driver.

This new study estimates that as many as 6% of all crashes in which a passenger vehicle is towed from the scene, 7% of crashes that result in any injuries, 13% of crashes that result in severe injuries requiring hospitalization, and 21% of all fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver. Applying these estimates, conservatively, this would imply that more than 6,400 fatal crashes, involve a drowsy driver.  The best way to prevent being the victim of a drowsy driver is not to drive in the early morning hours, however many other studies indicate that truck drivers are often at the wheel without sufficient sleep.  As a result of driving while tired, truckers and other drivers may fail to stay in their lane or fail to quickly recognize changes in traffic patterns that require a quick response.

If you or someone you love suffered an injury as a result of a drowsy driver, please call us to get a free evaluation.  We have successfully handled many cases for the victims of car crashes, and we will help you get the results you deserve.

Author: Serena C. Montague
Publication Date: August 9, 2016