On this blog, we have discussed some of the causes of drowsy driving, an extremely dangerous behavior that claims lives and injuries too many people each year. However, some people may not be aware of just how common these crashes are in Connecticut and across the whole country. Drawing attention to how widespread drowsy driving crashes are is important and drivers need to recognize the potentially devastating consequences they could face if they operate their vehicle while tired.
Information presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows just how widespread drowsy driving accidents actually are. From 2005 until 2009, it is believed that 83,000 drowsy driving accidents took place, according to estimates. In 2014, this behavior resulted in the loss of 846 lives. Moreover, research has shown that 48 percent of drowsy drivers fall asleep at the wheel during a time frame which ranges from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sadly, people will keep driving while tired for many reasons, whether they are trying to get home after a long shift at work or they struggle with sleep loss.
On top of these statistics, you should also remember that some drowsy driving accidents may go undetected. After all, a person's level of alertness cannot be measured as easily as their blood alcohol content level, especially if they pass away or are unconscious after the accident. As a result, the actual number of drowsy driving collisions could be even greater. If your life has been thrown into chaos because of a driver who you believe was fatigued, you should explore your legal options.