Drowsy driving continues to happen on roads across the U.S. for many reasons. Some drivers develop fatigue after a poor night of sleep (or a chronic sleep disorder), while others become drowsy after consuming certain medications. Starting a new shift at work, demanding days and driving for long periods of time can also lead to drowsy driving.
Sadly, many people continue to sustain serious injuries and die as a result of drowsy driving collisions. Drivers should examine data on these crashes to understand the scope of this problem and focus on staying safe behind the wheel.
Drowsy driving injury and death data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 633 fatalities as a result of drowsy driving collisions over the course of 2020. In 2017, almost 800 people died due to drowsy driving collisions, and 50,000 suffered injuries, according to CDC data.
That said, it is pivotal for people to understand that drowsy driving accidents are probably underestimated. Following a crash, identifying drowsiness as a contributing factor can prove challenging. In fact, the CDC states that more than 6,000 deadly drowsy driving accidents could occur every year.
Drowsy driving risk factors
The CDC identifies certain groups of people who are especially likely to drive drowsy. This list includes young adults, teens, large truck drivers, those who work graveyard shifts and people with sleep disorders. In addition, those on the road in the late afternoon and early morning hours are especially likely to drive drowsy.
Sadly, more people will lose their lives and become seriously hurt due to drowsy driving accidents.