Louisiana roadways are shared by many different motorists. Among the cars on the road, it’s likely that a percent of the drivers are driving while fatigued. Though this isn’t considered a “socially unacceptable” driving behavior like driving under the influence is, it can still have huge detrimental impacts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) takes a look at the national problem of drowsy driving. Campaigns have been launched lately to try getting the general public to reconsider how they view this behavior, as it can be just as deadly as driving under the influence or driving while distracted.
In fact, statistics show that drowsy driving had caused up to 6000 deaths in 2013 alone. It was also responsible for 72,000 crashes in the same year, and 44,000 injuries.
One of the most dangerous things about drowsy driving is that it can happen to anyone. It’s not just something that affects the elderly, sick, or those on medication. Anyone who is running on an inadequate amount of sleep can find themselves dozing behind the wheel. You’re particularly at risk if you work long hours, night shifts, or if you’re a commercial vehicle operator as they often drive for long periods of time.
Fatigued drivers have a higher chance of getting into a crash with you as well, because their reaction time is messed with. In fact, someone who has been awake for over 16 hours often has the same reaction times as someone who would be above the legal alcohol limit.
If you have been involved in a crash caused by fatigue, you may want to contact an attorney. They can help guide you through the aftermath.