According to recent studies, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than driving drunk.
Teen drivers often don’t recognize the risks associated with drowsy driving either, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
According to a recent study from the NSC, published in the Journal of Safety Research, teen drivers are likely to engage in both dangerous driving habits — drowsy driving and drunk driving.
Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand that car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens across the country. With the new release from the NSC, we’re asking parents to sit down and to talk with the teenage driver in their household to help to educate them about the risks that are associated with drowsy driving. They’re likely to overlook these dangers.
The study concluded that both drunk driving and drowsy driving car accidents predominantly occur among young drivers. The effects of both conditions are relatively similar.
“Drunk driving is universally viewed as dangerous, but young people especially don’t understand the very serious risks associated with drowsy and distracted driving,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC.
The truth of the matter is that drivers of all ages need to understand these risks. Unfortunately, most drivers, especially teenagers, view drunk driving as completely unacceptable and highly dangerous while they see drowsy driving as not that big of a problem with few risks.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about 100,000 accidents that are reported to officers every year in which a drowsy driver was involved. These accidents take the lives of more than 1,500 people and injure another 71,000. They also account for more than $12 billion in monetary losses, too, according to DrowsyDriving.org. Unfortunately, these are only the accidents that are reported. Safe driving advocates believe that this number is actually much higher because drivers don’t always admit their drowsiness when reporting an accident. There is no test to determine sleepiness as there is for intoxication, i.e. a “Breathalyzer”.
Can you recognize the symptoms of drowsy driving?
-Having a tough time remember the last few miles you drove
-Drifting in and out of lanes.
-Tailgating other vehicles.
-Frequently hitting ruble strips.
-Having a tough time focusing.
-Missing exits or turns.
-Having trouble keeping your head up.
We’re asking parents to talk with their young drivers. Make sure they understand the dangers and the risks that are associated with driving while fatigued or sleepy. This should be avoided at all costs as they’re likely to be involved in a fatal accident because of it.