Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are most likely to be involved in drowsy driving car accidents. Our Costa Mesa accident lawyers have been talking recently about Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and now it's time to turn our attention on our younger drivers.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 1 out of every 7 drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 say that they've nodded off behind the wheel at least once while driving over the last year. In the last year, 1 out of every 10 of these young drivers say they've fallen asleep behind the wheel. These findings were all a part of an AAA study into crash information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to this study, these young drivers are close to 80 percent more likely to be involved in a drowsy driving car accident than drivers between the ages of 40 and 59.
The data also revealed that 1 out of every 6 deadly car accidents involves a drowsy driver, making it one of the top contributors to car accidents in the nation.
When it all boils down, drowsy driving is just as dangerous, if not even more dangerous, than driving while drunk!
To help everyone, especially our younger drivers, to get ready for the holiday travel season, officials with AAA and our injury lawyers are asking drivers to stay safe and awake out there!
Drowsy driving is an issue that most drivers (8 out of 10) view as a personal threat. Still, these same drivers admit that they've done it themselves. As a matter of fact, about a third of all drivers who AAA surveyed reported that they had driven at least once in the last month where they were so tired that they had to fight to keep their eyes open.
The truth of it all is that drivers think that they can handle drowsy driving a lot better than they actually can. Fighting through drowsiness behind the wheel is actually one of the most dangerous things that you can do on our roadways.
Can you point out the signs of drowsy driving?
-Drifting out of your lane and swerving excessively.
-Yawning a lot.
-Having a tough time keeping your eyes open.
-Rubbing your eyes repeatedly.
-Having a tough time remembering the last few miles driven.
-Missing your exit.
-Not seeing traffic signs.
If you experience any of the symptoms, make sure you pull over in a safe area and take a rest! Your best bet is to avoid driving when you'd normally be sleeping and to schedule in rest breaks at least once every 2 hours. Pushing through any/all of these symptoms is one of the most dangerous things you can do and can land you in a potentially fatal car accident.
If you or a family member has been injured in a traffic accident, contact personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.
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Southern California Traffic Safety: Teen Seat Belt Usage on the Rise, California Injury Lawyers, October 13, 2012