Is Drowsy Driving More Prevalent Than Ever Before?

Jan. 4, 2012

Drowsy driving is a major problem in the United States, considering 168 million people have admitted to driving while exhausted. One-third of those individuals also have fallen asleep at the wheel. Colorado’s 9 News reports that a new study shows the behavior may be more common than previously believed.

The research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over a one year period in 2009. The data was collected from approximately 147,000 respondents who were 25 to 34 years old. Results concluded that an estimated one in 24 adults in the United States had fallen asleep while driving.

Experts believe the actual count may be much higher. Many people don’t realize they have dozed of behind the wheel for just a few seconds in what is known as micro-sleeps. During a micro-sleep, the brain completely shuts down, rendering an individual unconscious, for between two and four seconds. The short time frame is still enough to result in a driver being involved in a Denver Car Accident.

The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm recognize the dangers that drowsy driving presents to all motorists sharing our state’s roads. That’s why the law firm asks that we each do our part to keep Colorado’s roads safe by never getting behind the wheel of a car without enough rest.

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