The NHTSA states that in 2013 drowsy drivers caused 72,000 auto accidents, 44,000 injuries, and 800 fatalities confirmed – and that up to 6000 fatalities per year may be the real number as driving while fatigued is likely underreported. One survey has shown that some 4% of people have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel in the past 30 days.
Driving while fatigued is a major issue in the US. In addition to the obvious danger of falling asleep behind the wheel, people do not make proper decisions while fatigued, their reaction time is slower, they are unable to pay attention to their driving.
Driving While Fatigued Risk groups
People who are at risk for driving while fatigued are commercial drivers who drive 18 wheelers or other commercial vehicles, people who work long or late shifts, people with sleep disorders like narcolepsy or sleep apnea, people who take prescriptions that make them drowsy, and alcohol. Warning signs that someone is fatigued are yawning or blinking often, missing turns, weaving in your lane, and going onto the side of the highway and hitting the rumble strip.
People who drive have a duty of care when they drive. If they are driving while fatigued they are more likely to violate their duty to follow the rules of the road and more likely to cause car wrecks. Investigations into collisions can uncover evidence that shows whether a driver was driving while fatigued. If a driver causes a car accident injury due to driving while fatigued they are responsible for any damage they have caused.
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