Our youngest drivers are at the highest risks for drowsy driving car accidents.
According to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers between 16- and 24-years-old are more likely to drive while feeling sleepy than any other age group of drivers. Officials with AAA conducted a survey with these young drivers and found that one out of every seven of them reported that they've nodded off behind the wheel at least once in the last year. With drivers in other age groups, only one out of every ten admitted to falling sleep at the wheel.
The new findings come with the most recently drowsy driving statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to data, these young drivers were more than 75 percent more likely to get into a drowsy driving car accident than older drivers.
Our Boston car accident lawyers are asking parents and guardians to talk with the teen drivers in their life about the risks associated with drowsy driving. Remember that the state of Massachusetts has nighttime driving restrictions for these young drivers. While drowsy driving car accidents are most likely to happen during the evening hours, they can happen at any time of the day. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers with a restricted driver's license are not allowed to drive from 12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. These restrictions are lifted when a driver turns 18. Although they have an unrestricted driver's license at this age, they're not off the hook. Make sure you continue the conversation about safe driving habits even when the driving restrictions are lifted.
Nationwide, one out of every six fatal car accidents involves a drowsy driver. For this reason, drowsy driving is one of the top causes for car accidents.
"Research shows that fatigue impairs safe driving, with many symptoms causing drivers to behave in ways similar to those who are intoxicated," said AAA CEO & President, Robert Darbelnet.
As we head into the dangerous holiday driving season, young drivers are asked to beware and to stay awake. Many of these young drivers will be heading home for Thanksgiving break, a time when car accidents are plentiful.
According to DrowsyDriving.org, these kinds of accidents take the lives of close to 2,000 people each and every year. Another 71,000 people are injured in these incidents, too! The truth of the matter is that these accidents are preventable. We just need more drivers to acknowledge the dangers of drowsy driving and to avoid it at all costs.
Make sure you're getting plenty of sleep (between 7 and 9 hours each night). You also want to avoid drinking alcohol and make sure that none of your medications or medicines are causing drowsiness. If you start to feel sleepy behind the wheel -- stop! Pulling over to a safe area and resting it out is the best way for you to avoid a potentially fatal car accident!
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-877-617-5333.
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