The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release warning California motorists about the dangers of drowsy driving. November 6-13, 2016 was Drowsy Driving Awareness Week. The CHP was working with the National Sleep Foundation to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while drowsy. Thanks to daylight saving time, sleep patterns are temporarily disrupted for drivers in California and across the nation. The CHP is urging drivers to be aware of the signs and dangers of drowsy driving. Disrupted sleep patterns and sleep deprivation can lead to decreased performance and concentration behind the wheel.
Fatigued Driving Statistics
* In 2013, there were 4,284 crashes involving sleepy or fatigued drivers across the nation.
* During that year, 28 people were killed in those crashes.
* In 2014, there were 4,693 wrecks involving sleepy or fatigued drivers in the U.S.
* In that year, 44 people were killed in those crashes.
* In 2015, there were 5,511 crashes involving sleepy or fatigued drivers.
* During that time, 45 people were killed in those wrecks.
How Dangerous is Drowsy Driving?
Everybody knows that drunk driving and distracted driving are national epidemics. What are not widely talked about are the dangers of driving while drowsy. Sleep deprivation and fatigue can impair judgment and slow down reaction times. The ultimate concern is falling asleep behind the wheel, but even if you do manage to stay awake, you’re not running on all eight cylinders. You judgment and reaction times will be impaired. You may not have the ability to react to a situation or hazard in the road, or you might take an unnecessary risk that puts your life or the lives of others in danger.
The Cost of Drowsy Driving
The current statistics on drowsy driving are considered to be conservative. There is no breath test to determine if somebody was fatigued or drowsy behind the wheel after a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that crashes involving drowsy drivers result in more than 71,000 injuries each year and approximately $12.5 billion in monetary losses.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a drowsy or fatigued driver, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.