A recent AAA study found significant increases in crash risk for every hour of sleep missed in a 24 period.
Newark, NJ- A new report from the American Automobile Association shows that just missing one hour of sleep at night. Drowsy driving is a growing problem in the U.S., one that is impacting more lives, so USAttorneys wanted to discuss some facts about the issue and how a victim can recover compensation.
Recent AAA drowsy driving study
In a press release issued December 6, 2016, AAA said that missing two to three hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly quadruples a motorist’s risk of being in a crash. Drowsy driving plays a role in one in five fatal accidents in the U.S., AAA reports.
The agency broke down the risks according to the to the number of hours a motorist sleeps:
1.3 times the risk of a crash if a motorist sleeps six to seven hours
1.9 times the risk of a crash if a motorist sleeps five to six hours
4.3 times the risk of a crash if a motorist sleeps only four to five hours
11.5 times the risk of a crash if a motorist sleeps less than four hours
Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said in the press release, “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”
Drowsy drivers have slow reaction times and impaired judgment.
Additionally, AAA researchers found that 97 percent of motorists said driving drowsy was wrong, but they got behind the wheel when they were so tired they couldn’t keep their eyes open in the past month.
How common is drowsy driving in the U.S.?
In a separate study, AAA found that drowsy driving is more common than we think, accounting for one in five fatal accidents in the U.S. Additionally, the Governors Highway Safety Association found that drowsy driving is responsible for 109,000 injuries and 6,400 deaths on the streets and highways across the nation.
Why is drowsy driving so hazardous?
According to the NHTSA, drowsy driving “impairs performance” because it slows the reaction times of the driver. A sleepy driver will miss visual clues that could prevent them from colliding with a vehicle, pedestrian or object. Drowsy drivers also nod off at the wheel or fall asleep completely.
Unfortunately, most drowsy drivers don’t realize they are impaired or drowsy and remain on the road. Drowsy drivers cost the U.S. an estimated $100 billion annually in medical expenses, lost resources, and loss of productivity. The costs for an individual adds up quickly and victim’s face extremely high medical bills.  If you are hurt by a drowsy driver in New Jersey, we recommend you contact an accident attorney near you and arrange a case evaluation.
Drowsy drivers have slow reaction times and impaired judgment.

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