On the road, you could find yourself in a traffic collision for different reasons. Even though many drivers understand how dangerous it is to operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol, some do not pay attention to the ways in which fatigue can affect driving abilities and lead to a serious collision.
Sadly, many drowsy driving accidents continue to happen on roads across the U.S., and these collisions cause many victims to sustain debilitating injuries and some to lose their lives.
Statistics show the consequences of drowsy driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published data on drowsy driving crashes, and these statistics serve as a reminder of how dangerous driver fatigue actually is. The NHTSA reports that more than 600 people lost their lives in drowsy driving collisions in 2020. Moreover, NHTSA estimates suggest that law enforcement received 91,000 reports of drowsy driving collisions during 2017, and these accidents resulted in 50,000 injuries and almost 800 fatalities, based on their estimates.
In addition, the NHTSA points out that many experts believe the true number of drowsy driving accidents, deaths and injuries is even higher.
Other information on drowsy driving
Drowsy driving accidents happen more often during the late afternoon and between 12 AM and 6 AM. Drivers can become fatigued due to inadequate sleep, medication, alcohol, driving for long periods of time and difficult shifts at work. Moreover, these crashes often take place on highways and on roads in rural areas.
If a drowsy driver caused you or someone in your family to suffer an injury, you have to hold them accountable for the crash.