September 23 , 2020 | Car Accidents
Driving can pose risks to health and safety. Further, there are behaviors that if engaged in while driving can increase the likelihood of being involved in an automobile accident. Some commonly thought of dangerous driving behaviors include texting while driving, distracted driving and driving while under the influence. Another dangerous driving activity that can contribute to the probability of being involved in an accident is drowsy driving. Recently, an accident occurred in Wauwatosa in which officials believe drowsy driving may have been a factor.
The accident occurred on Friday, September 18, 2020 around 5:00 am. The accident happed near the intersection of Mayfair Road and West North Avenue in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and involved a single vehicle. Law enforcement officials believe that the driver of the vehicle was driving on North Mayfair Road when they fell asleep. The vehicle collided with two traffic standards and a tree. The driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. Tragically, the driver of the vehicle passed away from the injuries that were sustained in the accident.
This accident shows the dangers of drowsy driving and the importance of wearing a seat belt. According to the National Safety Council, drowsy driving is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol. An estimated 5,000 people passed away from crashes involving drowsy driving in 2015. Drowsy driving can reduce reaction times and awareness of hazards in the roadway, which increases the probability of being involved in an accident. AAA estimates that almost 330,000 drowsy driving accidents occur each year. Before getting behind the wheel, drivers should ensure that they have had enough sleep and do not feel fatigued or sleepy. By ensuring that we are well rested before getting behind the wheel, we can help keep the roadways safer for ourselves and others as well as help to prevent accidents.