CDC Report On Drowsy Driving Should Be a Wake Up Call

by Carmen Dellutri on January 21, 2013

Cape Coral car accident attorneyAs Port Charlotte accident attorneys, we are hopeful that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest report on drowsy driving serves as a wake up call. The agency found that four percent of drivers surveyed reported having fallen asleep while driving during the previous 30 days. The numbers were even higher for male drivers and drivers aged 25 to 34.

‘‘If I'm on the road, I'd be a little worried about the other drivers,’’ said the study’s lead author, Anne Wheaton of the CDC.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2.5% of fatal motor vehicle crashes and 2.0% of all crashes with nonfatal injuries are linked to drowsy driving. However, some studies have argued that the numbers may be much higher, estimating that 15% to 33% of fatal crashes might involve drowsy drivers

As the CDC report highlights, drowsiness makes drivers more prone to accidents because it slows reaction time, makes drivers less attentive, and impairs decision-making skills. While crashes often involve a single vehicle going off the road, drowsy driving accidents also account for a disproportionate portion of rear-end and head-on collisions. In addition, drowsy driving crashes are more likely to result in injuries and fatalities than non-drowsy driving crashes

As a reminder, below are some tips for staying awake behind the wheel:

  • Make sure you get enough sleep. Adults need seven to nine hours while most teenagers need 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep a day.
  • Drive with a friend. You can share driving responsibilities and help keep each other alert while on the road.
  • Take a break every couple of hours. By stretching your legs, catching a quick nap or having a meal out of the car you can recharge your battery.
  • Drive sober. Alcohol and driving is a deadly combination. Also, make sure you are not taking any prescription drugs that could make you drowsy.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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