Louisiana drivers are likely aware that getting behind the wheel when they are tired can lead to auto accidents, but many may not appreciate how serious the risk is. Driver fatigue is the cause of a significant number of accidents and some groups may be more prone to do so than others.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 100,000 reported car accidents every year can be attributed to a driver that was fatigued. The consequences include $12.5 billion in monetary costs, more than 70,000 injuries and more than 1,500 people killed. These figures may be understated, according to reports, because it is inherently difficult to determine that fatigue or drowsiness was the cause of the crash. Lack of training in identifying drowsiness, lack of equipment to test for it and untrustworthy self-reporting all contribute to underreporting.