fatigued driving accident statistics
Motorists who are drowsy are more likely to fall asleep or lose focus. A drowsy driver is a motorist with a reduced level of alertness as a result of being tired. It is common for many drivers to assume that they can push through their fatigue to get home after a long day of work. But this is a serious mistake that can have catastrophic consequences.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are at least 100,000 reported crashes that result from fatigued driving each year. These accidents result in 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. These numbers are considered to be conservative because many drowsy driving accidents involve only one vehicle where the only witness was the driver. Read the rest »
A driver who fell asleep at the wheel caused a car accident in Oklahoma, which sent eight people, including four children, to the hospital with injuries. According to a news report in The Ardmoreite, the injury collision occurred on State Highway 1 west of Ravia. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials say a 22-year-old woman who was eastbound on the highway fell asleep while driving a 2003 Dodge van. The van crossed the centerline and struck a 2004 Chevrolet driven by a 57-year-old woman. That driver was transported to an area with multiple injuries as were her passengers, who included four children between the ages of 1 and 12. It is not clear if any of their injuries were life-threatening.
Sleepy or drowsy driving is proven to be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 car accidents every year, resulting in about 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. Read the rest »
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