Drowsy Driving Statistics
When most of us think of dangerous behaviors associated with car accidents, our minds go to driving while intoxicated, speeding, and other reckless behaviors. It can be easy to forget how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel when one is tired, or to think that we are able to overcome our body’s weaknesses, even if others cannot. However, estimates put together by experts suggest that there are many, many accidents in the US caused by drowsy drivers.
Damage Caused by Tired Drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has compiled estimates on the numbers of accidents caused by fatigued motorists each year. These are based on the available data, though most researchers do believe that many more accidents, injuries, and deaths occur because of this dangerous behavior than are reflected in the official estimates. It is believed that the following figures approximate the impact of drowsy driving annually in the United States:
- 100,000 accidents caused by fatigue
- More than 70,000 injuries
- At least 1,500 deaths
- Approximately $12.5 billion in losses due to vehicle damage, medical bills, and other concerns
NHTSA reports that these accidents are especially hazardous because most often, the drivers have no idea they are about to be involved in a collision and are unable to make any maneuvers to lessen the force of impact.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., we believe that you should not have to suffer unaided following a tragic auto accident caused by a drowsy driver. If you were in such an accident, contact our Wisconsin car accident attorneys by calling 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.