Factors That Lead to Drowsy Driving Accidents

by | July 10th, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that as many as 100,000 motor vehicle collisions are attributed to drowsy driving every year. With drowsy driving one of the leading causes of accidents today, many researchers are studying what causes drivers to get tired behind the wheel. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Sleep Disorders- Sleep apnea is a condition in which sleep is interrupted due to oxygen supplies being cut off due to an obstructed airway, which results in lack of sleep. As many as 20 percent of Americans suffer from the condition, yet an estimated 90 percent of cases go undiagnosed.
  • Age- Compared to adults, teens face a five times higher risk of being involved in a drowsy driving accident. An article from Yahoo! News explains this can be the result of a lack of experience behind the wheel and irregular sleep patterns.
  • Medications- Prescriptions for sleeping pills have increased over the past several decades and present a serious motor vehicle accident risk. Research has shown these medications can increase crash risks by anywhere between 27-91 percent.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we’ve seen the devastating results of drowsy driving, and our New York car accident lawyers encourage you to always get plenty of rest before driving. It’s also wise to check with your doctor or pharmacist about the potential side effects of your prescriptions before getting behind the wheel.