It may come as no surprise that driving while drowsy is risky business. But, a recent study from AAA shows just how dangerous it is.
The study conducted by AAA found that drivers who missed 2 to 3 hours of sleep per night more than quadrupled their risk of getting in a crash. In fact, fatigued drivers are responsible for as many as 7% of all crashes, 13% of crashes that resulted in hospital admission, and 21% of fatal crashes.
Bottom line, it’s about as risky to drive drowsy as it is to drive intoxicated!
The surest way to protect yourself against drowsy driving is by getting a good night’s sleep. But there are a few additional things to consider when it comes to being rested.
If you find yourself nodding off while driving, pull over! Grab a cup of coffee, get some fresh air, or take a quick walk before getting behind the wheel again.
Even if you’re well rested, there’s always a chance you’ll be sharing the road with drivers who aren’t. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 35% of Americans do not get the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night. That means a lot of tired drivers on the road at any given time!
So, what can you do?
If at any time you feel that the driver is creating a dangerous situation, call 911 to report it.
Sometimes, even the best defensive driver ends up in an accident. Drowsy driving can be difficult to prove. Often, police and insurance companies only record it if the driver admits to being tired. Dash cameras and witness testimony can also help reconstruct what happened.
No matter what, please call our Tacoma car accident attorneys. Even if we can’t prove that the driver was drowsy, we may be able to help. It’s always free to call us to ask questions or get an initial consultation on your case.