“Drowsy Driving Prevention Week” Starts this Sunday 11/6

Now that fall is in full swing, the sunsets come earlier and the nights are longer. That means that it is almost inevitable for us to feel sleepier earlier in the day, and that can be a dangerous combination when paired with driving.

Sunday, November 6th is the start of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, a national movement aimed towards the elimination of sleepy driving. While many Maryland drivers are familiar with the risks associated with impaired driving and distracted driving, it is not widely known that drowsy driving holds many of the same risks, such as slower judgement, delayed response time and wandering thoughts.

Below are some disturbing statistics about the severity of drowsy driving in the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation:

  • 100,000 police-reported vehicle crashes are caused by drowsy drivers every year
  • Drowsy driving is linked to approximately 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries every year
  • The total value of drowsy driving accidents is nearly $12.5 billion per year
  • 11 million drivers admitted that they were in a crash or a near crash due to being too tired behind the wheel

Here are a few important tips recommended by the National Sleep Foundation that can help prevent drowsy driving:

  • Be well rested: There is a lot of responsibility that comes with driving, so make sure you are as alert as possible while operating a vehicle.
  • Pull over: If you notice yourself drifting off, make sure you are in a safe location and take a 15-20 minute nap.
  • Bring a buddy if you are planning a long road trip. Not only will you be able to drive in shifts, your driving buddy can pick up on signs of fatigue if you start to drive dangerously due to drowsiness.
  • Drink caffeine: This can increase your alertness for several hours. Please note you should not solely rely on caffeine to get you through long road trips.

Don’t get behind the wheel if you are drowsy, the risks are simply too high.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) for a FREE, confidential consultation.

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NHTSA Reports a Sharp Increase in the Number of Traffic Fatalities in 2015

Traffic fatalities continue to be a widespread public safety issue across the U.S., causing thousands of preventable deaths each year. In the first half of 2016 alone, traffic-related fatalities rose by 10.4% compared to last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

To read more about these shocking statistics, click here.

The 2015 Motor Vehicle Crash Report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides an annual overview of traffic accidents throughout the U.S. This year, the report indicated that traffic-related fatalities increased by 7.2% from 2014 to 2015. This means that over 35,000 more people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015 compared to 2014.

Together, these reports point to a disturbing trend regarding driver safety.

Here at The Yost Legal Group, we want to do our part to help reduce fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents. We remind all motorists to:

  • Drive attentively at all times.
  • Never get behind the wheel if you are drowsy
  • Never drive after consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Never text and drive, this is deadly!
  • Follow the speed limit signs.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Make sure your child is safety and correctly safe in a car seat.
  • Watch out for motorcyclists and bicyclists on the road.

If you or a loved one is injured in any type of motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, call The Yost Legal Group today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) for a FREE, confidential consultation.

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