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Asleep at Wheel/Driver Fatigue
Driving drowsy can be almost (and sometimes even more) as dangerous as driving under the influence, and if you want to be a safe driver and avoid accidents, it’s critical that you learn the tricks to staying alert and focused behind the wheel
As if that wasn’t surprising enough, as many as one-third of fatal car wrecks are caused by drowsy drivers. Yet, the public is not as educated about this issue as it is about drunk or distracted driving.
These findings support the need for sleep screening for truck drivers to prevent accidents in Island County and across the nation.
Truck drivers that suffer from sleep apnea and do not follow their treatment plan are at risk for higher truck accident rates then truck drivers who do not have sleep apnea.
And it’s not getting better on its own. In the past decade, the U.S. has seen a 20% increase in the number of truck accidents. This could be attributed to a few things: the upturn in the economy requiring more trucks on the road, changing regulations, or perhaps the increasing amount of truckers with sleep disorders and obesity-related illnesses.
According to their findings, as many as 21% of fatal auto accidents involve drowsy driving. Approximately 13% of crashes requiring a trip to the emergency room, and 7% of all crashes, are caused by sleep-deprived drivers.
Driving while fatigued does not only increase the risk of falling asleep and losing control of the vehicle, but also creates other impairments, such as poor judgment and decision-making, slowed reaction times, and loss of situational awareness.
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