In November The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report highlighting the dangers of drowsy driving. “Founded in 1947, the AAA Foundation in Washington, D.C. is a not-for-profit, publicly supported charitable research and education organization dedicated to saving lives by preventing traffic crashes and reducing injuries when they occur.” According to the report, car crashes rank among the leading causes of death in the U.S. This particular report focuses on the number of injuries and deaths resulting from drowsy drivers.
For some time researchers have questioned official government statistics which, “suggest that drowsy driving only contributes to approximately 1-3% of motor vehicles crashes each year in the United States.” In fact, the report states that experts believe official statistics are only the “tip of the iceberg” as it relates to the number of crashes that result from drowsiness.
Following up on a study that was previously done by the AAA, a re-analysis using data from the years 2009-2013 revealed an alarming number of crashes occurring due to drowsiness.
AAA Reports Startling Statistics on Drowsy Drivers
Results of the re-analysis revealed an estimated…
- 6% of all crashes in which a vehicle was towed from the scene involved a drowsy driver
- 7% of crashes in which a person received treatment for injuries involved a drowsy driver
- 13% of crashes in which a person was hospitalized involved a drowsy driver
- 21% of crashes in which a person was killed involved a drowsy driver
These numbers are staggering, and emphasize the need to be alert when behind the wheel. Other researchers have discovered that people may not even realize they have been asleep unless they have been sleeping for an extended period of time. This means that you may not even realize you have fallen asleep while driving if you have only been asleep a few seconds. Don’t risk your life or someone else’s. Don’t get behind the wheel if you feel drowsy.
Were You Hurt by a Drowsy Driver?
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