Drowsy Driving is All Too Common, Says Study

By John Page on January 7, 2013 - Comments off

Driving while drowsy or fatigued can cause serious injuries or even death, as too many experienced Missouri car accident attorneys have seen. Unfortunately, drowsy driving is also on the rise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC study examined car accident data from 19 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, covering more than 150,000 drivers. It found that 4.2 percent of the drivers, or about 6300 of them, had admitted to falling asleep at the wheel within the past 30 days. Even more drivers admitted to driving while they were exhausted or worrying that they might fall asleep behind the wheel.

Men were slightly more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than women, and younger drivers were more likely to fall asleep than older ones, according to the results of the study. However, no sex or age group was immune to the dangers of drowsy driving or the risk of falling asleep on the road.

The CDC recommends that drivers try to get seven to nine hours of sleep before driving. Drivers who have trouble sleeping or don’t feel rested even after sleep should see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Avoiding the use of alcohol or medications likely to cause drowsiness can also help drivers stay alert and stay alive, according to the CDC. Finally, the CDC recommended that employers whose workers are on the job during nighttime or odd hours provide transportation or allow those workers to nap at the workplace before driving home.

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