Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Sleepy Drivers Cause One in Six of All Deadly Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many of us are guilty of driving in a tired and drowsy state, but that doesn't negate the potential for serious accidents when there is a fatigued driver behind the wheel. Most people underestimate their own fatigue levels, or their ability to drive when sleepy. Part of the reason is an auto safety culture that places strong emphasis on drunk driving or distracted driving, with little emphasis on the risks from drowsy driving, in spite of the hundreds of lives that are lost every year from these crashes.

A new study by the Foundation for Traffic Safety should wake everyone right up. According to the study, drowsy drivers account for approximately 17% of all motor vehicle accidents. That makes it one of every six fatal accidents linked to a fatigued driver. The rates of drowsy drivers therefore are much higher than Los Angeles car accident attorneys had been aware of.

The study, which was based on a questionnaire, found that:
  • 41% of respondents admitted to having fallen asleep while driving at least once during their lives.
  • One out of every 10 respondents in the study admitted that they had fallen asleep while driving over the past year.
  • More than a quarter of the respondents admitted that over the past month, they had driven in such a fatigued state that they could barely focus on the road ahead.
Safety analysts say that this is a frightening scenario. Los Angeles car accident lawyers believe that is an understatement. It's highly likely that while driving home today, you’re sharing the road with a motorist who needs toothpicks to prop his or her eyelids open and focus on the road ahead. What is worse, drowsy driving accidents are some of the most serious crashes. These are typically high-impact head-on collisions of the kind that usually result in severe injuries and instant fatalities.

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