Louisiana motorists can be prone to driving while tired. According to data from the American Sleep Foundation, roughly half of adult drivers in the United States do so on a regular basis. Furthermore, 40 percent said that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once as a licensed driver. The Governors Highway Safety Association points out that an estimated 5,000 people died in 2015 because of crashes caused by drowsy drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police respond to over 100,000 crashes per year involving drowsy drivers. Altogether, those crashes result in about $109 billion in damages each year. A driver may be more likely to get into an accident while drowsy for a variety of different reasons. For example, a driver may have a slower reaction time while tired or be less aware that there is a hazard to avoid.