We have all heard about how dangerous driving under the influence is. Car accidents caused by drunk drivers are some of the most devastating personal injury accidents. However, you may not be aware that driving while tired can be just as dangerous.
Experts recommend that people get at least seven hours of sleep every night, but the reality is that approximately 35 percent of people get less than that. A recent report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that even missing out on just one to two hours of sleep can double your chances of getting in an accident. The study was based on research of the federal accident data involving over 4,500 accidents.
The study found that drivers who get less than four hours of sleep are 11.5 times more likely to get in an accident than those who get at least seven hours. The study shows that the accident risk of sleep-deprived drivers is comparable to those who drive drunk.
Despite the dangers of driving while tired, many drivers still don't take it seriously. While a vast majority of people surveyed were aware that drowsy driving was dangerous, one-third of those people admitted to having trouble keeping their eyes open behind the wheel at least once in the past month.
Drowsy driving, drunk driving and other forms of negligence behind the wheel is responsible for countless injuries and deaths every year. For those who have suffered at the hands of a negligent driver, filing a lawsuit against the person responsible may be the only way to truly begin the recovery process.
Source: Forbes, "Drivers Who Miss One To Two Hours of Sleep Double Their Crash Risk, New Report Finds," Tanya Mohn, Dec. 11, 2016