Tag Archives: drowsy driving

How New Technology Developed by Ford May Save Lives

We all know speeding is dangerous, and distracted driving is dangerous, and drunk (impaired driving) is dangerous, but often drivers fail to recognize the dangers of drowsy driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 21 percent of fatal motor vehicle crashes involve driver fatigue. One third of crashes involving a drowsy driver also -->

Know the Stats and put your Fears in Check

We are all, consciously or subconsciously, afraid of something. While some people have very specific, individualized fears, there are some events and/or things that are known to invoke fear and/or anxiety amongst the masses. Each year the National Safety Council puts together a chart, ‘Odds of Dying’, which outlines your odds of dying based on -->

Hudson Valley Police & New York State Police Crackdown on Dangerous Driving During the Holidays

As one of the biggest travel times of the year approaches, New York law enforcement has already begun cracking down on dangerous driving behaviors. The 2017 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is in full swing. In addition to sobriety checkpoints, officers will also be monitoring driver’s speed, driver distraction, drivers who ignore the -->

Staying Safe on “Blackout Wednesday”

On the day before Thanksgiving millions of Americans will flock to bars, restaurants, and parties for what has been dubbed “Drinksgiving” and/or “Blackout Wednesday.” According to PR Newswire, in some cities the day before Thanksgiving is a bigger drinking day than New Year’s Eve and even Saint Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately, some “Blackout Wednesday” participants will -->

Exhausted Behind the Wheel of an 18 Wheeler, More Common than You Think

According to recent research, more than 40% of commercial motor vehicle drivers may have obstructive sleep apnea. “What is sleep apnea? When you have this condition, your breath can become very shallow or you may even stop breathing — briefly — while you sleep. It can happen many times a night in some people. Obstructive sleep -->

Driving on the Job, Unexpected Dangers

Many occupations require at least occasional on the job driving, which experts say could increase the likelihood of dangerous driving behaviors. “One study showed drivers at work were more likely to be in a hurry to reach their destination, think about work, be tired, or use a cell phone.” –The Center for Disease Control (CDC) -->

Tired Behind the Wheel, How Dangerous is Drowsy Driving?

You may be surprised to find that just one extra hour of sleep may significantly reduce your risk of being involved in a fatal crash. According to researchers: People who sleep 6-7 hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in a crash compared to those who sleep 8 or more hours a -->

Liability for Accidents Caused by Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Thousands of drivers get behind the wheel every day feeling tired, but not anticipating that anything serious will happen due to their fatigue. However, drowsy driving has become one of the leading causes of serious car accident injuries in the United States. While these accidents have become very common, determining liability in drowsy driving accidents -->

Driving on less than 5 hours of sleep? You might be just as dangerous as a drunk driver.

Many are aware that getting at least seven hours of sleep is recommended by experts, but what many don’t know is that missing just two to three hours of the recommended seven could increase your risk of a crash by nearly 400 percent. drink_car_keys.jpg “According to the AAA, symptoms of drowsy driving include having trouble -->

Ulster Man Falls Asleep at the Wheel, Causes Major Crash

On July 8th an Ulster County man was traveling on 9W in Saugerties when he fell asleep at the wheel. His 2009 pickup truck drifted into oncoming traffic, hitting two cars head on. One of the vehicles was carrying four children. While each vehicle involved was severely damaged, there was only one injury that required -->