The National Sleep Foundation recognizes Drowsy Driving Week 2023 from November 5 to 11. This observation reminds us of the importance of being alert and well-rested behind the wheel.
At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we are committed to promoting road safety and preventing accidents. Here are some valuable insights to help you understand and combat the risks associated with drowsy driving.
Drowsy Driving Statistics
Drowsy driving occurs when a driver operates a vehicle while feeling excessively tired, groggy, or fatigued. This condition impairs a driver’s ability to make sound decisions, react quickly to changes in traffic, and stay focused on the road.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that fatigued driving accounts for approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes each year in the United States. These crashes result in an estimated 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries.
- Most drowsy driving accidents occur during the late night and early morning hours, as well as in the midafternoon when the body’s natural circadian rhythm experiences a dip in alertness.
- In a study examining over 732,000 fatal crashes, research showed a 6% increase in fatal-accident risk in the U.S. following the start of Daylight Saving Time.
- Young adults, shift workers, commercial drivers, and those with sleep disorders are particularly vulnerable to fatigued driving.
Stay Safe and Prevent Drowsy Driving Accidents
By being aware of the increased risks of fatigued driving and following these tips, we can all contribute to safer roads for ourselves and our communities.
- Prioritize a good night’s sleep, aiming for 7-9 hours, and maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
- Be aware of common signs of drowsy driving, such as excessive yawning, heavy eyelids, drifting out of your lane, or difficulty maintaining focus.
- On long drives, take regular breaks, stretch your legs, and allow yourself to rest. If you feel tired, pull over to a safe location for a short nap. If possible, share the driving duties with someone else, allowing you to rest and recharge during the journey.
- Use Drowsy Driving Week as an opportunity to educate yourself and others about the risks of drowsy driving.
Stay Safe, Louisiana
Drowsy Driving Week is a vital reminder of the dangers associated with driving while fatigued. We all share the responsibility of keeping our roads safe, and at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we are dedicated to advocating for accident prevention and supporting those affected by drowsy driving incidents. By staying informed, recognizing the warning signs, and taking proactive measures, we can collectively make our roads safer for everyone.