With National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week running from November 12 through 18 and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Maryland residents should be fully aware of the dangers faced on the road. While dangers such as drunk driving or winter weather-affected roads are often spotlighted by safety organizations, drowsy, or fatigued, driving can present just as serious a danger.
Those who drive fatigued are at a greater risk of not only falling asleep at the wheel, but making poor and even dangerous choices while on the road. In accordance with National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, the National Sleep Foundation and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have released a new survey documenting the dangers and unfortunately common nature of fatigued driving.
According to the survey, one in 10 drivers of all ages admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel within the past year. However, of those between the ages of 16 and 24, this rate increased to one in seven. Fatigued driving is incredibly dangerous. The AAA Foundation found that approximately one in every six fatal car crashes involves a drowsy driver and a previous study by the National Sleep Foundation found that 52% of drivers have driven drowsy before.
With many making long trips to see family and friends on Thanksgiving, it is important that every Maryland resident prevent themselves and their loved ones from driving drowsy. Get a full night’s sleep the night before the trip, use a driving buddy to swap duties when tired, take a break every two hours, and take naps when needed.
A drowsy driver can cause serious and even deadly crashes, and while you can prevent yourself from practicing such behaviors, you cannot stop other drivers from doing so. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash caused by another driver’s reckless behavior, contact the Charles County auto accident injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer for a free case evaluation on your case and to learn about how we may be able to help you. Call 844-632-7274 today!