While every person – regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic class – may engage in drowsy driving, certain population groups have been shown to have an elevated risk for this type of Sarasota car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, young people, shift workers, and people with untreated sleep conditions are at the highest risk of a Florida drowsy driving accident. The following is an overview of these risk groups.
Young people between the ages of 16 and 29 – particularly young men – have a higher chance of being involved in a Sarasota car wreck caused by drowsy driving. This age group accounts for nearly two-thirds of all drowsy driving crashes. The reasons for this may be because of:
- Increased need for sleep
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Cultural and lifestyle factors such as school work, part-time jobs, and social events
Most individuals who work in shifts have at least occasional sleep disturbances. Additionally, approximately one-third complain of fatigue. Statistics show that night shift workers average 1.5 fewer hours of sleep on a daily basis as compared to those who work the day shift. The resulting sleepiness may create an increased risk of a car accident by causing lapses of attention and increased reaction time.
Untreated Sleep Conditions
Individuals who suffer from untreated sleep apnea and narcolepsy also have an increased risk of a Florida drowsy driving accident. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from these conditions are undiagnosed.
If you were involved in a Florida drowsy driving crash, contact an experienced Sarasota car accident attorney immediately to protect your legal rights. For more information and a free consultation, complete our online submission form or call our office at (888) 409-3805.