The entire state of Florida is raising awareness about drowsy driving.
It’s all a part of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and it’s going on from the 6th through the 12th of November, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). So it encompasses parts of two weeks. What can we tell you — it’s the government!
In the state of Florida, there were more than 2,800 car accidents reported that involved a drowsy driver last year. In these crashes, there were more than 20 people who died and more than 2,300 who were injured. And that’s just in the state of Florida. Nationwide, there were over 100,000 of these accidents reported to officers. In these accidents, there were more than 1,500 people who died, roughly 71,000 who were injured and close to $13 billion in monetary losses.
Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers understand that there may be thousands more of these drowsy driving car accidents that are never reported. The problem is that officers can’t test to see if a driver is drowsy like they can test to see if a driver is drunk. Drivers are not likely to admit to an officer that they were drowsy when an accident occurred. The truth of the matter though, is that these kinds of accidents are preventable. That’s why officials nationwide push “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.”
During this campaign, officers are working to raise awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving. They’re also working to educate drivers on how to avoid these kinds of accidents and what to do when they feel drowsy behind the wheel.
Who is most likely to get into a drowsy driving car accident?
-Young drivers are most at risk.
-Specifically, men who are under the age of 26 run the highest risks.
-Drivers who may have untreated sleep disorders. These sleep disorders can include narcolepsy and sleep apnea syndrome.
-Those who operate commercial vehicles for long periods of time. As a matter of fact, about 15 percent of all truck accidents involve a fatigued driver.
-Those who travel a lot for business. They spend much time behind the wheel and may even suffer from jet lag.
Luckily, there are ways that you can avoid these risks. You should avoid consuming alcohol behind the wheel. This goes for medications that cause drowsiness, too!
Before heading out on a road trip, make sure that you get plenty of sleep the night before. If you’re going on a long trip, see if there’s a friend or family member who will join you. This way you’ll be able to switch driving roles if you get tired.
When you’re scheduling your road trip out, make sure you plan time for rest stops. You want to stop every 100 miles or at least once every 2 hours.
The worst thing that you can do behind the wheel is to try to push through your sleepiness. Caffeine, opening the windows and turning up your radio are only temporary fixes and will ultimately increase your risks for one of these accidents in the long run.