A new study released by AAA uncovered how deadly it can be to drive when you are sleepy. According to the study, drivers who miss two to three hours of sleep a day are more than four times more likely to get into a car crash, when compared with drivers who have slept for at least seven hours.
According to federal regulators, the accident risk from driving while tired is similar to the risk of driving while drunk. About one-third of drivers reported getting on the roads when they have a hard time staying awake. Although most of the public knows about the dangers of driving while drinking or driving and texting, many dismiss the risks involved in driving while tired.
Experts say that older adults, teenagers, and those who chronically do not get enough sleep are the most at risk of falling asleep at the wheel. The study showed that about 20 percent of fatal crashes involved a driver who was drowsy or did not have enough sleep the night before. The study also found that tired drivers are more than twice as likely to be involved in an accident when they get five to six hours of sleep, more than four times as likely to be in an accident with four to five hours of sleep, and almost 12 times more likely to be in an accident with less than four hours of sleep.
If you are in a vehicle with someone who appears tired or not very alert, you can help prevent an accident by offering to drive. If you are ever in an accident that you believe was sleeping behind the wheel, you should speak with an attorney. You should be able to obtain compensation for your injuries caused by the negligent driver. Call the Houston automobile collision attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more or to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about the firm on LinkedIn.