A man from Oberlin, Louisiana was killed in a single-vehicle car accident recently when his car ran off the road and flipped over. He was pronounced dead when investigators arrived. Deputies believe that he may have fallen asleep while driving.
This unfortunate story is an example of many car wrecks that are caused by drowsy driving. Many times these accidents can injure or kill other driver’s on the road. Truck drivers, especially, have made the news for causing accidents due to driving fatigue, which can be caused by driving long hours overnight.
However, reports show that drowsy driving among non-professional drivers is more common than most people realize.
How Often Does Drowsy Driving Cause Accidents?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adult drivers said that they had driven while drowsy within the past 365 days. This could mean the possibility for danger out on the roads is more significant than many people realize when you consider a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that tired drivers cause about 20 percent of all car crashes.
More frightening is that 37 percent of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel. If this percentage holds true for the entire nation, that means over 100 million people have driven while asleep.
What conditions, other than a lack of sleep, could cause so many people to endanger other people’s lives by driving while drowsy?
When Do Most Drowsy Driving Accidents Happen?
The settings most susceptible to causing a drowsy driver to doze off are drives on a long rural highway driven at a high speed.
Dozing off temporarily can lead to running off the road, sideswiping another vehicle or to a head-on collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving every year causes at least 100,000 car wrecks, involving over 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries.
[Did You Know? Reportedly, 23 percent of adults know someone who has been in a car wreck because of drowsy driving.]
Galloway Jefcoat LLP – Personal Injury Attorneys