AAA Study Finds Young Drivers are Prone to Driving Drowsy

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New York car accident lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm comments on a new AAA study, which shows that drivers between the age group of 16 and 24 are more likely to drive while fatigued, and gives driving tips to stay safe during this holiday season.

Get a good night's rest before you get on the road. Do not take medications – prescription or over-the-counter – before you start driving.

Younger drivers, particularly those between the ages of 16 and 24, are more likely to drive while drowsy, according to new data presented by the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety. According to a Source: Nov. 8 news release issued by AAA, one in seven licensed drivers in that age group admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year compared to one in 10 of all licensed drivers who confessed to driving drowsy during the same period.

These new numbers match a 2010 AAA Foundation study of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash data, which revealed that one in six deadly crashes involve a drowsy driver making it one of the leading contributors to traffic accidents. This recent analysis also found that while eight out of 10 people view drowsy drivers as a serious threat to their safety, 30 percent reported having driven in the past 30 days when they were so tired that they could barely keep their eyes open.

Driving while drowsy can definitely lead to serious traffic accidents and drivers young and old must be extremely careful, especially during Thanksgiving, when our roadways are packed with travelers, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "It is unsafe to assume you are not tired and that you can deal with lack of sleep. It is a fact that drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs."

Wilhelm says there are many steps drivers can take during the Thanksgiving holiday to ensure that they are not driving while drowsy. "Get a good night's rest before you get on the road. Do not take medications – prescription or over-the-counter – before you start driving. If you find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open, pull over to a safe location and take a nap before proceeding. Always drive with a buddy so you can take turns driving."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 40 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, transportation accidents, rape, paralysis, false arrest and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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