Study Says Sleep Deprived Individuals Are More Likely To Crash
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study to determine the relationship between sleep deprivation and motor vehicle crashes. The findings are alarming.
- 7% of all crashes in America involve driver drowsiness.
- 16% of all fatal crashes in America involve driver drowsiness.
- Drivers who got less than 4 hours of sleep are 15x more likely to cause a collision.
Falling asleep at the wheel isn’t the only problem either. When sleep-deprived drivers are on the road, there is an increased risk of misjudging the road and traffic, or even failing to notice something on their route.
As a firm who focuses on trucking accidents, sadly we’ve seen the damage sleep deprivation can cause. Furthermore, we’ve seen drivers lying on their driving logs become a bigger in the industry. We can’t stress the importance of safety for all drivers on the road. When your life is in danger, along with everyone else’s on the road, you can’t take any chances.
We hope this new study grabs the attention of the trucking industry and motivates drivers to follow safe driving practices and hopefully next year these crash statistics will be lowered.