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Drowsy driving statistics and risk factors

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2021 | Personal Injury

Even if you take steps to avoid a crash and stay safe on the road, a drowsy driver could turn your life upside down. Between hectic work schedules, family lives, medication and other risks, drivers become drowsy for a host of reasons. It is helpful to review statistics in order to understand how widespread this behavior is.

If a drowsy driver caused an accident that left you or a loved one hurt, you need to look into your options. Sadly, these accidents continue to upend lives far too often.

The impact of drowsy driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 700 people lost their lives due to drowsy driving over the course of 2019. According to estimates, 50,000 people suffered injuries in drowsy driving accidents during 2017 and law enforcement received reports of roughly 90,000 drowsy driving crashes in the same year.

Drowsy driving accidents often happen in the late afternoon and from 12 AM to 6 AM. However, it is important to keep in mind that drivers struggle with fatigue at various times.

Risks associated with drowsy driving

Those who do not get enough sleep are more likely to drive drowsy. Whether someone struggles with a new work schedule or they wake up very early for a road trip, it is vital for drivers to have sufficient sleep before getting behind the wheel. Some drivers do not realize that certain medications can result in drowsiness, including drugs sold over the counter.

Long commutes, demanding jobs and staying out late cause many drivers to fall asleep or lose focus while driving. If an accident occurs, they must answer for the consequences of their actions.