Drowsy Driving Dangers


High Profile Accident Sheds Light on Risks of Sleepless Driving

It's the risk that almost killed comedian Tracy Morgan and what likely plagued many drivers this holiday weekend. If people don't get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel, they may become as dangerous as a drunk driver.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that in a survey of 92,000 drivers, 1 out of 25 admits to dozing off behind the wheel for more than a second. Men ages 18-34 were the most likely suspects, contributing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) estimate that 100,000 crashes a year are caused by driver fatigue.

It only gets worse on holidays, according to the research. When holiday travel plans interrupt regular sleep schedules, festivities keep people awake for longer hours, and alcohol is introduced, the risk for driving at some point without enough rest becomes dangerously high. Even so, these crashes go largely unreported because it is difficult to accurately blame fatigue after the crash. Safety organizations urge motorists to look out for warning signs that they're nodding off and pull over immediately when they occur. These include:

  • Missing an exit or feeling like you haven't seen one in a while
  • Drifting into other lanes
  • Feeling your head bob down

Were You Injured by a Drowsy Driver?

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Source: "Drowsy driving: An accelerating threat." CBS News. July 4, 2014.