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4 years ago · by · 0 comments

Beware of Fatigued Drivers

Driver Fatigue Causes 20% of Auto Crashes: Study

By Susan Trulove | April 15, 2013

 

 

A 100-car “naturalistic” driving study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says that fatigue is a cause of 20 percent of car crashes, rather than the two or three percent previously estimated based on surveys, simulator studies and test tracks.

Also, the study found, 18- to 20-year-olds account for significantly more fatigue-related crashes than any other age group. Adolescents’ sleep patterns shift to later hours; however, the school day still tends to start early, resulting in daytime sleepiness.  A driver at any age can also be fatigued.

“The study allowed us, for the first time, to observe   driver behavior just prior to a crash. In 20 percent of all crashes and 16 percent of all near crashes, the driver was showing fatigue. We saw eye-lid closure, head bobbing, severe loss of facial musculature, micro-sleep – which is when your eyes drift shut and then pop up,” said Klauer.  “This was not just yawning. The drivers were asleep.”

Applying the findings to the population at-large, these results suggest that drivers are at a four times greater risk of a crash or near-crash if they choose to drive while fatigued,” said Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. “That suggests that about 12 percent of all crashes and near-crashes in the population are attributable to fatigue.”

Protect yourself from other drivers that are impaired!  Scurich Insurance Services can help you get the car insurance you need.  Contact them today for more information.  800-320-3666

 

 


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