Falling asleep at the wheel causes one in every six car accidents in the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That’s why the foundation is supporting National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week this November.
Most drivers are aware of the dangers of driving while drunk, drugged, or texting on a cell phone, all of which can cause a serious accident by taking the driver’s full attention away from the road. Most drivers also realize that it’s dangerous to drive when you’re too sleepy. In a AAA Foundation poll, 96 percent of drivers who responded said that drivers should not be behind the wheel when they are too tired to keep their eyes open.
This understanding that drowsy driving is dangerous doesn’t always translate into better behavior, however. In the same poll, 10 percent of drivers said that they drove while drowsy at least once a week. Odd work shifts and multiple jobs contributed to sleepiness behind the wheel for many drivers.
Drowsy driving can cause serious problems. According to the National Sleep Foundation, being awake for 20 hours without sleep slows down a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 – the legal limit in California.
Drowsy driving claims lives. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver in southern California, a skilled car accident lawyer at Jurewitz Law Group can help you seek the resolution you need. Call us today at (888) 233-5020 for a free case evaluation.