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AAA Study Emphasizes Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The McClellan Law Firm

Most people may not have realized it, but the last week of October was Drowsy Driving Awareness Week. Although there seems to be holidays and weeks for all types of random things, the fact that drowsy driving has its own awareness week says a great deal about the issue of driving tired, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) credits as being a serious problem responsible for thousands of preventable auto accidents, injuries, and deaths each year. According to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the problem is much more serious than most people believe.

There's been a number of studies on the dangers of tired drivers, and many of them compare tired driving to drunk driving, which any reasonable person knows is dangerous. The AAA study, however, found that the problem is much more serious for the following reasons:

  • Government statistics are considered "substantial underestimates" of tired driving.
  • There is little evidence to prove a driver involved in an accident had fallen asleep.
  • More than 1 out of 5 fatal crashed involve a tired driver.

Officials from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said that the study – which analyzed data from 2009 through 2013 – is a clear indication that drowsy driving is a significant traffic safety problem. Additionally, the problem is often made worse when tired drivers who underestimate the dangers of drowsy driving see nothing wrong with getting behind the wheel.

AAA recommends that any driver who begins to feel drowsy while on the road should pull over immediately. The organization also recommends that drivers should get a full nights rest and take breaks during a long trip. Drivers most at risk for drowsy driving accidents include younger males, shift and night workers, and drivers who take certain medications.

Drowsy driving is dangerous, and reasonable drivers should be aware that when they drive tired, they place others on public roads in danger of suffering harm. If you have questions about your rights after an auto accident, contact a San Diego car accident lawyer from The McClellan Law Firm today.