Drowsy driving is more dangerous than many people realize. While most of us wouldn’t drive a vehicle while intoxicated, some experts label drowsy driving just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Some estimates indicate that driving after being awake for 18 hours is like driving with a blood-alcohol level of .05. Driving after 24 hours of sleeplessness is like driving with a .10 blood-alcohol level. In other words, lack of sleep puts a driver’s coordination and safety on par with a person who is driving over the legal BAC limit.
How Common Is Drowsy Driving in the United States?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 60 percent of drivers in the United States admit to driving while drowsy at least once. Of these drivers, about one-third of them have fallen asleep behind the wheel. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of every 25 drivers has fallen asleep in the past month. Annually, about 6,000 fatal crashes are caused by drivers who can’t keep their eyes open.
Drowsy Driving in Louisiana
While the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that about one to two percent of all accidents involves lack of sleep, a recent study reveals that this percentage might be closer to ten. According to the most recent NHTSA data, there were 1,065 fatal car accidents in Louisiana that took the lives of 768 people. According to the study above, about 106 of these accidents might have been caused by drowsy driving.
Signs of Drowsy Driving
While statistics regarding drowsy driving vary depending on the source, one thing is certain: it claims hundreds of lives each year. The best way to prevent drowsy driving is to recognize its signs. Drowsy drivers might convince themselves that they aren’t impaired. Knowing the signs of drowsy driving might save your life or the life of another.
According to the CDC, signs of drowsy driving include:
- Frequent blinking
- Missing exits
- Drifting out of lanes
- Contacting rumble strips on the side of roads
Suffering After a Louisiana Drowsy Driving Accident? Call Tony Clayton
While drowsy driving might seem insignificant, it’s a preventable source of serious accidents. Eliminating drowsy driving from Louisiana roads has the potential to stop thousands from suffering from injuries and hundreds from dying. If you’ve suffered because of a drowsy driver, help is available when you call Tony Clayton. Since he began practicing law decades ago, Tony Clayton has served as a proud advocate for those who need justice after a preventable car accident. He’s proud of his record-setting victories because each one represents a client with restored hope. Because drowsy driving is preventable, you have the right to compensation for what happened to you—Attorney Tony Clayton is ready to help you get it.
Our Louisiana car accident lawyer is ready to help you when you call us at (504) 608-3211. A member of our team is ready to provide a free consultation.