A study released his week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that almost 17% of fatal crashes are caused by drivers who are drowsy, reports The Patriot Ledger. The AAA believes drowsy driving is under reported and up to 41 percent of drivers have nodded off behind the wheel at some time. The study concludes that falling asleep behind the wheel is responsible for 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 crashes every year.
Other interesting points:
- Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are twice as likely to be involved in a drowsy driver crash as older drivers ages 49 to 59.
- Two-thirds of these crashes involve men.
- Some of the drowsy drivers have been drinking with a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, just over the level considered legally intoxicated.
Signs of Drowsy Drivers
Look for signs such as trouble keeping your eyes open, yawning, a lack of focus and daydreaming behind the wheel. Defensive driving reaction time will be impacted in a sleepy driver as will judgment, and can possibly cause a Florida car accident.
If you feel you are getting too sleepy to drive, pull the car over and take a 10 to 15 minute nap. Drink a caffeinated beverage and get at least six hours of sleep before you take a long trip.
The Jacksonville car crash attorneys at Farah & Farah would like you to consider traveling with an awake passenger if you are tired, and make sure to take a break every 2 hours on a long distance trip to help prevent more Florida car accidents from occurring.