Drowsy driving can be extremely dangerous
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Drowsy driving can be extremely dangerous

On Behalf of | May 6, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Indiana motorists seem to be suffering the effects of drowsy driving more each and every year. One study revealed that 50% of all American adults admitted to driving while they were drowsy, and 20% of them actually admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel within the previous 12 months. It’s no surprise after reading these statistics that drowsy driving is becoming one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States.

An examination of the statistics

It’s estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that drowsy driving resulted in 91,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2017. This resulted in 795 fatalities and over 50,000 injuries. Fatigued driving is obviously dangerous for all drivers on the roadway, as fatigued drivers tend to show the same level of impairment as those who are drunk.

Common signs of a drowsy driver

Drowsiness affects a person’s ability in regards to their judgment, coordination, attention, reaction time and even vigilance. Drowsy drivers are pretty easy to spot because they tend to weave their car back and forth between lanes. They have trouble maintaining the right speed and tend to tailgate other vehicles. Drowsy drivers also tend to drive off the roadway from time to time.

Judging the level of impairment

Drowsy driving is commonly attributed to the same level of impairment as drunk driving. Experts took a look at the number of hours that a person went without sleep and compared that to the same effect that the same person would experience at specific blood alcohol levels. What the study revealed is that a person who lacked 24 hours of sleep had a BAC comparable level of .10%. Those who lacked just 18 hours of sleep showed a comparable impairment level of a BAC of .05%.

There’s no denying the fact that fatigued driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. When those who are really tired get behind the wheel, they’re putting themselves and others on the roadway at risk for injury. If you’ve been injured by a drowsy driver, it’s important to contact an attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.