Every day during rush hour in large cities like Baltimore, and in its smaller suburbs, drivers get into car accidents. The morning radio shows are continuously updated with the locations of the most recent car wrecks and advice regarding the roads to avoid due to blocked lanes and on-scene medical personnel. Whether the accidents are caused by people fiddling with cell phones, juggling breakfast, looking through files, or simply not paying attention, rush hour can be a very dangerous time to drive. While some of these collisions are simply frustrating fender-benders, others can turn into fatal car accidents.
When emergency dispatchers arrived on the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident earlier this month, they discovered a 25-year-old Baltimore man unconscious and unresponsive. A check of his pulse confirmed their fears: he was deceased.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just come out with a new report warning against drowsy driving. The report states that 2.5% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes and 2% of all nonfatal motor vehicle injuries are a result of drowsy driving.