November 6th-13th is Drowsy Driving Prevention week – a campaign of the National Sleep Foundation intended to draw attention to the dangers of drowsy driving and to help prevent the often deadly auto accidents this common behavior can cause.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that:
- 60% of adult drivers admit to driving while sleepy
- 37% of adult drivers admit to falling asleep while driving
- Every year, an average of 100,000 police-reported accidents are a direct result of drowsy driving
- Drowsy driving kills an average of 1,550 people every year
- 71,000 people are injured by drowsy drivers on a yearly basis
Drowsy driving is most common among young people, ages 18-29. Men are almost twice as likely to engage in this dangerous behavior as women, but both men and women with children are more likely than those without to drive while sleepy.
A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that people who sleep less than eight hours a night are already twice as likely to be involved in a car accident. This risk increases fourfold in individuals who sleep fewer than five hours a night.
An Australian study found that being awake for 18 hours alters reaction time and judgement in the same manner as having a BAC of .05. After 24 hours, that rises to the equivalent of .10, a full .02% higher than the legal limit. This poses an obvious risk to everyone else on the road.
You can do your part this Drowsy Driving Prevention week and beyond by getting enough sleep to properly operate a vehicle. You can get justice if a drowsy driver injures you or someone you love by calling our Mobile, Alabama car accident lawyers at (251) 432-2277 and taking legal action for proper compensation.