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Drowsy Driving 2021 Facts and Statistics

Along with more popularly-known risks like drunk driving or texting-while-driving, drowsy driving poses one of the biggest risks to others on the roadway. If you’ve been in an accident that was caused by a driver who was drowsy or fatigued, you deserve to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses.

Turn to the Texas motor vehicle attorneys of Ketterman Rowland & Westlund for experienced, dedicated legal representation. As one of the largest injury firms in Texas, you can rest assured that we have the experience and resources necessary to thoroughly pursue your case no matter how complex the facts and circumstances may seem. Our aggressive and dedicated personal injury litigators are always prepared to fight for maximum compensation, even if that means taking your case to trial. We work hard to ensure that you will always have focused attention and responsive communication throughout your case.

Contact Ketterman Rowland & Westlund today for a free initial case review if you’ve been injured by a drowsy driver. 

Drowsy Driving Statistics 

Unfortunately, drowsy driving occurs more commonly than you might first assume. According to surveys by the National Sleep Foundation, half of drivers across the U.S. acknowledge that they regularly drive while feeling drowsy or fatigued.

One out of every five drivers admit that they’ve actually fallen asleep behind the wheel within the last calendar year, while many more state that they’ve fallen asleep while driving at least once in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about four percent of drivers report having fallen asleep in just the last 30 days.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data estimates that drowsy or fatigued driving causes over 100,000 traffic collisions nationally every year, many of which result in fatal incidents. 

Warning Signs of Drowsy Driving 

Watch out for fatigued or drowsy drivers while on the road. Some of the key signs of drowsy driving include:

  • Repeated drifting out of the lane
  • Tailgating
  • Missing exits or turns
  • Blurred vision or inability to focus vision
  • Frequent blinking or difficulty keeping eyes open
  • Demonstrations of irritability, impatience, or anger
  • Scratching eyes
  • Head drops down
  • Frequent yawning
  • Attention frequently wanders from the road 

Risk Factors for Drowsy Driving 

Certain factors can increase the risk that a driver will end up getting behind the wheel while feeling fatigued or becoming drowsy while driving, including:

  • Time of day – Drowsy driving most frequently occurs late at night or in the early hours of the morning when people are typically asleep.
  • Commercial driving – Truck drivers and others who are required to spend hours on the road can more easily become fatigued.
  • Night-shift and extended-shift workers – People who work night shifts or who work extended shifts (more than eight hours) more commonly get behind the wheel after work while feeling exhausted.
  • International and cross-country travelers – People who are visiting from long-distances may feel “jet-lag” due to the change in time zones. 

Injured in an Accident Caused by a Drowsy Driver? We Can Help 

If you’ve been hurt in a motor vehicle crash that was caused by a drowsy or fatigued driver, contact the motor vehicle accident attorneys of Ketterman Rowland & Westlund today for help. We offer free consultations for you to talk to a member of our legal team to learn more about your legal rights and options. Don’t wait. Contact us today.