Our car accident Michigan attorneys frequently represent clients injured by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel causing an auto accident. Serious and sometimes even fatal injuries are frequent outcomes of Michigan car accidents caused by drivers who fell asleep at the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fell asleep at the wheel driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries annually.
Driving while tired is not only serious, it is extremely dangerous. Although it is clear that falling asleep while driving is dangerous, drowsiness impairs driving skills even if drivers manage to stay awake.
Warning Signs For Fell Asleep At Wheel Driving
Below are some warning signs of fell asleep driving. If you are a passenger in a car and you suspect the driver may be experiencing some of the symptoms, the safest thing for you to do is suggest the driver gets off the road and rest.
- Frequent yawning or blinking
- Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven
- Missing exits
- Drifting from one's lane, or hitting a rumble strip
Fell Asleep At Wheel Driving Risk Factors
The figure below shows age-adjusted prevalence of falling asleep while driving during the preceding 30 days, by usual sleep duration and snoring, for 19 states and the District of Columbia during 2009-2010.
Fell asleep at wheel driving was associated with other sleep-related characteristics. Adults who reported frequent insufficient sleep, a daily sleep duration of less than 6 hours, snoring, or unintentionally falling asleep during the day reported drowsy driving more frequently than those who did not report those characteristics. Short sleep duration (≤6 hours) and snoring, suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea, each were related independently to drowsy driving.
* Age adjusted to the 2000 projected U.S. population.
Numerous studies have found that sleep deprivation can affect driving as much as alcohol. In fact, studies have found that driving after 17 to 18 hours of being awake is as harmful as driving with a blood alcohol level of .05%.
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