Drowsy driving is a dangerous and common occurrence. Here, we look at who is most likely to hit the road when they should be hitting the hay.

Profile of a Drowsy Driver: Who Is Likely to Put You At Risk?

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While you are well aware of the risks of driving when you are tired, you always assumed you only had to worry about other sleepy drivers late at night. You were shocked, then, to discover that the driver who ran you off the road and into a concrete barrier in the middle of the day had fallen asleep at the wheel. How could this happen?

Drowsy driving is probably more common than you realize. Americans are overworked and overtired, putting them at risk for drowsy driving at any time of day or night. Many drivers just don’t understand the danger of driving when they are sleep-deprived and feel that since they aren’t driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are safe. Unfortunately, they are very wrong.

Who Will Likely Drive While Drowsy This Year

Driving while drowsy is typically an innocent act that motorists don’t do intentionally, and some are more likely to do so than others. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adult drivers have admitted to driving while drowsy and 37 percent have actually fallen asleep at the wheel in the last year. Those most likely to drive while drowsy include:

  • Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • People with young children in the house.
  • Men (who are almost twice as likely to fall asleep behind the wheel as women).
  • Shift workers.

A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that people who get six to seven hours of sleep a night are twice as likely to be involved in crashes as those who sleep for eight hours or more. Furthermore, motorists who sleep less than five hours a night increase their risk of an accident by four or five times.

Don’t Sleep on It: Get the Compensation You Deserve, Now  

A driver impaired by sleep deprivation is just as negligent as a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol. Don’t let another driver’s negligence cost you. The Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to stand up for you and help you get the compensation you need. Contact us today by filling out our online form or by calling 800.636.3676.

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