• Going Over Statistics on Drowsy Driving
  • December 28, 2017
  • Each year, many lives are claimed and even more people are hurt because of drowsy driving. In Allegheny and all across the state of Pennsylvania, motor vehicle crashes happen for many reasons. While drivers often realize how dangerous certain behaviors are, such as going over the speed limit and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, too many neglect to recognize the dangers associated with drowsy driving. Unfortunately, fatigue can significantly impair a person's ability to drive and may cause a tragic accident that was completely preventable.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that about one out of every 25 adult drivers in the U.S. reported they fell asleep at the wheel in the past 30 days. There are numerous reasons why drivers become drowsy, such as not getting enough sleep. However, other factors, such as working long hours or taking certain medications can also result in drowsy driving. Research shows that drowsiness can lead to a slower reaction time and make drivers have difficulty making decisions and paying attention while behind the wheel.

    Throughout 2014, more than 840 people passed away due to drowsy driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition to these lives that were lost, many people sustained serious injuries as well. During 2005 to 2009, it is believed that 83,000 motor vehicle accidents were caused by drowsy driving. Clearly, drowsiness is a major problem that can pose a serious threat to everyone on the road. Drivers who worry that they are too tired to drive should never put lives at risk.