Technology Helping to Prevent Auto Accidents Caused by Drowsy Driving

Tired driving and auto accidents

Although most of us were probably told when we started driving, and are still reminded by a loved one, “Pull over when you are tired,” statistics show the majority of us do not.

The AAA (American Automobile Association) recently found more than 100,000 auto accidents each year are linked to drowsy drivers or to those who have actually fallen asleep and crashed. This is despite the fact that a recent AAA survey showed 95 percent of people believe one should not continue driving when he or she is sleepy. However, 35 percent of those surveyed admitted they had continued driving while tired in the last 30 days.

Vehicle manufacturers, who have recently come up with phenomena such as cars that practically park themselves, are finding some possible solutions to the drowsy driving problem. Crash avoidance is, of course, a top priority.

In addition to the rubber strips on the highway that warn a driver when he or she is leaving the driving lane, there are sensors that can be installed in a car (or built in) to warn of lane departure.

Forward warning systems use similar technology as the lane departure warnings and employ radars, cameras or light detection ranging features to identify vehicles in front of the car. Automatic braking is another system that can be deployed to benefit the drowsy driver.

To date there is limited data to answer the question: Are these technologies making a slight or significant improvement in reducing auto accidents caused by tired motorists? However, it appears the devices are certainly helpful, according to researchers, especially if the vehicle has all of the crash avoidance safety devices available.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not sponsor any particular device, but can be contacted for information concerning these new safety technologies. As technology advances, there are new ones being developed every year. An eye-tracking device that would use special detection features to determine where drivers are looking and if they are becoming tired will likely be available in the near future, according to the AAA.

When looking for a system to help prevent drowsy driving, AAA recommends:

• Choose a system that does not have to be turned on and off
• If there is an alarm on the device, choose one where the alarm is not too low for you to hear or too high (some people have difficulty hearing high-pitched tones)
• Understand what the system is capable of doing

If you are involved in an auto accident with a drowsy driver and are injured as a result, you should first ascertain if you need medical help. You may not be capable of asserting that at the scene, but ask to go to the hospital if there any doubts about your condition. Do not speak to the insurance company of the other driver and do not make any lengthy statements to your own insurance company.

It may be necessary to contact an Ohio car accident attorney. Please consider Slater & Zurz LLP at 1-888-534-4850. The experienced lawyers at this firm want to help you obtain any compensation due to you from the injuries suffered in the accident. They have extensive knowledge about car, truck, and motorcycle law in Ohio and about any other type of vehicle.

They have offices throughout Ohio and will meet with you at your convenience. If you prefer, you can describe what happened in the accident by filling out a brief CASE REVIEW FORM on the law firm’s website. Go to and look on the right hand side of the site at the top of the page.

People do become tired when driving and unfortunately, they have accidents. At Slater & Zurz, we never get tired of fighting for you and your right to compensation for any injury you may have suffered due to the carelessness, recklessness or negligence of another.