Everyone has been cautioned against driving while intoxicated. People know that drunk driving is extremely dangerous. Intoxication affects your vision and your reaction time, making it likely to cause serious accidents.
However, driving while drowsy or overly tired may be just as much of a risk to yourself and others as driving while drunk.
Drowsy Driving Statistics
According to the National Sleep Foundation, over 40 percent of adults in the United States have admitted to falling asleep while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 100,000 crashes nationwide have involved a drowsy driver, causing over 71,000 injuries and over a thousand fatalities.
Why Is Drowsy Driving So Dangerous?
Both drowsy driving and drunk driving are dangerous for some of the same reasons. Exhaustion can cause some of the same effects as intoxication including delayed reaction times and reduced awareness. A serious accident can occur if a driver is inattentive for even two seconds.
According to the National Safety Council, driving after 20 hours without sleep produces conditions similar to having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent, which is the legal limit.
Drowsy driving is also considered more dangerous because it is harder to tell when you’re too tired to drive. Many drivers get behind the wheel without realizing they are putting themselves and others in danger.
Tired and fatigued drivers can cause serious accidents with severe consequences. When driving it’s important to be aware of potential drowsy drivers. These vehicles may be driving slower than the speed limit, or drift in and out of lanes frequently. However, if you are involved in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you can recover compensation for your injuries.