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Drowsy Driving: More Dangerous Than You Realize

Ninety-five percent of drivers think drowsy driving is dangerous, and yet 41 percent do it anyway. Sleepy motorists continue to hit the roadways in the United States and caused 17 percent of the fatal crashes of the last year.

November hosts national Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, and AAA has released a startling statistic:

Approximately 28 percent of motorists reported being so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open while driving in the past month, according to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

How Serious is Drowsy Driving?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Sleepiness and fatigue cause the same physical reactions as too much alcohol, including impaired reaction times and weakened coordination.

With the holiday season coming up, here are some warning signs for drowsy drivers:

  • Inability to recall the last few miles traveled

  • Difficulty focusing or keep your eyes open

  • Feeling as though your head is heavy

  • Drifting out of your lane, hitting the rumble strips

  • Yawning repeatedly

  • Accidentally tailgating or missing traffic signs

 

The best way to avoid fatigue while traveling is to get at least seven hours of sleep before a trip.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, caused by a drowsy driver or not, call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.


Jason C. Amerine
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