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Poor sleep and drowsy driving collisions

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Car Crashes

Have you ever felt groggy and exhausted after a night of tossing and turning in bed? Many people have experienced the effects of poor sleep, but did you know that it can have serious consequences when it comes to driving?

Drowsy driving is a major issue on the roads, leading to countless accidents and injuries each year.

The effects of insufficient sleep

When people don’t get enough quality sleep, their bodies and minds suffer. Lack of sleep can impair the ability to focus, make decisions and react quickly. These are all essential skills for safe driving. In fact, driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fatigue slows down reaction times, impairs judgment and can even cause people to fall asleep at the wheel. This combination of factors makes drowsy drivers more likely to become involved in accidents, putting themselves and others in harm’s way. Research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that an estimated 70 million people in the U.S. have sleep disorders, which has serious implications with respect to drowsy driving.

Drowsy driving and injuries

Injuries resulting from accidents involving drowsy drivers can range from minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening conditions. Common injuries include whiplash, broken bones, head injuries, and internal organ damage. The severity of these injuries can have long-lasting effects on the victims, impacting their physical health, emotional well-being and financial stability. To prevent accidents caused by drowsy driving, it is important to prioritize getting an adequate amount of quality sleep each night. Adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, while teenagers and young adults may need even more.

By prioritizing your sleep and being mindful of your alertness behind the wheel, you can help prevent the tragic consequences of drowsy driving. Stay safe, stay alert and get the rest you need for a brighter, safer tomorrow.