Modern-day life seems to offer too much of everything. One needs to look no further than 24/7 news cycles and the endless content found on the internet. All this stimulus can prompt some to lose track of time, perhaps shorting them on sleep. The chronically under-rested then drive their motor vehicles to work or run errands, endangering their lives and others on the road.
Some occupations are also more likely to be sleep-deprived — common professions that feature workers not getting enough sleep include long-haul truck drivers, bus drivers, tow truck drivers, people working night shifts or long shifts. Whether they are working or on their way to work, they put innocent people in danger.
How drowsiness impacts drivers
According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk or distracted driving. Drowsiness can lead to the following:
- It impairs the driver’s ability to pay attention to the road.
- It slows reaction time if the driver needs to avoid an obstacle.
- It affects the driver’s ability to make sensible decisions.
The numbers do not lie
In another report, the CDC said that 4% of 150,000 drivers who responded to a survey said they fell asleep while driving in the past 30 days. This helps contribute to:
· 72,000 crashes attributed annually to drowsy driving
· 44,000 injuries attributed annually to drowsy driving
· 6,000 fatalities attributed annually to drowsy driving
Accountability is possible
Drivers should not drive if they are drowsy, but unfortunately, they often do not listen to what their body is trying to tell them. The ramifications of these reckless actions can change the lives of drivers and victims in an instant, leaving survivors to pick up the pieces hold the negligent accountable.