Car accidents caused by drowsy driver is big in the news right now after it was revealed that the car crash that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was caused by a driver who had not slept in more than 24 hours.
However, this is not a new problem. An estimated 100,000 car accidents each year are a result of driver fatigue according to the National Highway Safety Administration with an estimated 71,000 injuries because of these types of car accidents.
A recent article in the Huffington Post points out several facts about drowsy driving. Here are a few of them:
- 737 people died from drowsy driving car accidents in 2012.
- 71 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are “likely” to drive while drowsy.
- 37 percent of adults who had “nodded off or fallen asleep at least once since they began driving,” according to a 2003 Gallup survey.
- 59 percent of those drivers who admitted to nodding off or falling asleep who did so while posting speeds of 55 mph or higher.
What are the signs of a drowsy driver? Blinking frequently and yawning are impending signs that someone may be at risk of dozing off. Also missing exits on highways, and problems remembering the past few miles driven. Hitting a “rumble” strip, and drifting out of your lane are also worrisome signs. Drivers who show these patterns should either pull over to rest or switch driver. Tricks such as opening the window, putting on the air-conditioning, or turning up the stereo will not reliably keep you alert or focused.
Drive with enough rest and watch out for those who don’t!
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