Sleepy Driver Crashes in Missouri Car Accident on Highway A

Sleepy Driver Crashes in Missouri Car Accident on Highway A

A pickup truck overturned on Highway A just west of White Road, when an 18-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel, according to authorities. The Missouri car accident happened after the drive dozed off, drove off the right side of the road, over-corrected, traveled off the left side of the road, hit an embankment and then flipped. The 7:15 p.m. accident left the man injured in the St. Joseph West Hospital, according to Hannibal Courier-Post.


Our St. Louis car accident attorney would like to warn motorists about the dangers of drowsy driving. The problem is not that motorists don’t realize they are drowsy behind the wheel — the problem is that they ignore or attempt to push through the symptoms. Research shows you can fall asleep and not even realize it. The truth is, it’s a dangerous way to drive and motorists should take all the preventative measures to avoid driving while drowsy.

We recently recognized Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which is part of a national campaign that aims to raise public awareness about this dangerous driving condition and to find ways to educate motorists about the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel. The campaign is coordinated by the National Sleep Foundation.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that roughly one in six fatal accidents involves a drowsy driver. One in eight of these accidents results in hospitalization and another one in fourteen results in a vehicle being towed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drowsy drivers contribute to approximately 1,550 traffic accident fatalities every year. The government also estimates that drowsy drivers contribute to another 71,000 injuries in more than 100,000 accidents.

Those who are ages 16- to 24-years-old are about twice as likely to be involved in a drowsy driving accident than a driver in any other age group.

A recently study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that:

-Drivers of motor vehicles that had one or more passengers were half as likely to be involved in a drowsy-driving accident.

-Approximately 55 percent of drowsy driving accidents that happened over the last year occurred on high-speed divided highways.

-Most drivers who have fallen asleep at the wheel during the last year reported that they were driving for less than 60 minutes before they fell asleep.

-About a fourth of all drivers that reported to have had fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once in the last year reported that it happened sometime between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

-Men are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than women.

-Drivers under the age of 25 are most likely to report having fallen asleep at the wheel.

Here are some signs that you may be engaging in drowsy driving:

-Having a hard time focusing.

-Noticing that you have heavy eyelids or that you’re blinking a lot.

-Difficulty keeping your head up.

-Erratic driving.

-Frequent swerving.

-Missing exits.

-Ignoring traffic signals.

-Frequent yawning.

-Experiencing a feeling of aggression, irritability or restlessness.

Being sleepy or drowsy while driving can impair your vision, alter your judgment and slow your reactions. A number of studies have concluded that staying awake for approximately 20 hours gives you the same abilities as a person who is legally drunk.

More Blog Entries:

Governors Highway Safety Association Targets Distracted Driving Car Accidents in Missouri, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, July 27, 2011

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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