While most people understand that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a risky behavior that significantly impairs the ability to drive safely and effectively, not everyone recognizes the danger that comes with drowsy driving. When a driver gets behind the wheel without having gotten the proper amount of rest beforehand, the effects can be as pronounced as if they had decided to drink or use drugs. Unfortunately, the injuries associated with a drowsy driving accident may be significant. It is important to recognize which groups of people are most at risk for this type of accident.
People Most At Risk for Drowsy Driving Accidents
Drivers who fall into the these categories are at an increased risk of an accident caused by dozing off at the wheel:
- People who travel for work. Business travel can lead to drowsy driving as a result of many hours of driving or jet lag caused by lengthy plane rides.
- People with undiagnosed or untreated disorders. For example, people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea may be at a significant risk of falling asleep while driving.
- Males under age 26. Young people who are also male are at an even higher risk of a drowsy driving accident.
- Commercial drivers. Drivers of heavy trucks who travel long distances are responsible for a significant number of crashes.
- Shift workers. Working the night shift dramatically increases the risk of a drowsy driving accident.
- People who work long hours. Working more than 60 hours per week can also significantly increase the chance of a drowsy driving crash.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be entitled to compensation. We encourage you to contact us today at 800-989-6385 to schedule a free consultation.