When driving, you need to remain alert and keep an eye out for many different hazards, such as icy roads, dangerous intersections, inclement weather and traffic congestion. In addition, you need to watch out for dangerous drivers, such as those who drink and drive, speed and use their phone on the road. In addition, many drivers are too tired to focus on the road and abide by traffic safety guidelines.
Drowsy driving is especially concerning because it is often harder to detect, and many drivers do not realize that they are too tired to drive safely.
Statistics on drowsy driving
Every year, drowsy driving impacts many people in Michigan and across the U.S. According to the Michigan State Police, drowsy drivers are responsible for over 100,000 traffic accidents each year. These accidents lead to 40,000 injuries as well as 1,550 fatalities in the U.S. on an annual basis. Most drowsy driving crashes take place between 12 AM and 6 AM.
The dangers of drowsy driving
Whether someone works an unusual shift late at night or they fail to get a sufficient amount of sleep, drivers become drowsy for various reasons. Driving for too long and taking certain medications can also result in drowsiness that adversely affects driving abilities. On the road, drowsy drivers have a higher chance of colliding with other vehicles, poorer judgment, decreased awareness and a slower reaction time.
When a drowsy driver causes a serious motor vehicle collision, they have to answer for the consequences of the crash. Victims of these accidents and their loved ones deserve justice.