Understanding the Dangers of Drowsy Driving
One of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents, including and especially truck accidents, is operating a vehicle while drowsy. The National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll reveals that approximately 168 million Americans admitted to driving a motor vehicle when drowsy. In addition to this shocking number, approximately 103 million more people admitted that they have fallen asleep while driving.
Each year, there are thousands of fatal car accidents as a result of drowsy driving. This is in addition to the more than 70,000 people who suffer serious injuries. When a motorist is too drowsy to safely operate his or her vehicle, he or she is not in a good position to exercise good judgment and make split second decisions. As a result, there is a significantly higher chance of causing or being involved in a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident. This article discusses the dangers of drowsy driving.
Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Being drowsy and driving is a very dangerous combination. While most of us are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, we don’t comprehend that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Similar to alcohol, being drowsy can slow our reaction time, decrease awareness, impair our judgment, and increase the risk of getting into an accident.
It is difficult to determine with certainty the cause of a fatal motor vehicle accident where drowsiness is suspected to be the cause. However, there are various clues that indicate to investigators that the motorist fell asleep behind the wheel. Some sample clues that indicate drowsy driving may be the culprit of an accident include:
- The accident involved only one vehicle where the motorist is alone and the injuries are serious or fatal.
- Skid marks or evidence of other evasive maneuvers are absent from the accident scene
- The motorist doesn’t remember how the accident occurred
Underlying Causes of Drowsy Driving
There are a number of different underlying causes of drowsy driving, including:
- Sleep loss from restriction
- Too little sleep
- Interruption or fragment sleep
- Chronic sleep debt
- Circadian factors associated with driving patterns or work schedules
- Undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders
- Use of sedating medications
- Consumption of alcohol when already tired
All of these factors have cumulative effects. A combination of any of these factors can significantly increase your risk for getting into a catastrophic accident.
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