The Washington State Patrol recently posted some alarming statistics.

28 percent of drivers reported being so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open while driving in the past month.

Drivers 19-24 years old were most likely to report driving dangerously drowsy at 33 percent.

Driving drowsy can have a tremendous impact on not only the driver but also others who are traveling on the highways. Last year, according to the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, there were seven deaths related to drowsy driving in Washington State.

These are more than just statistics for an Everett motorcyclist and his family:

A motorcyclist died Sunday night in an accident on Interstate 405, caused by the driver of a car who fell asleep at the wheel, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Patrol said the car’s driver, a 34-year-old man from Everett, was speeding north on Interstate 405 near Bothell about 10:30 p.m. when he drifted over onto the left shoulder, then over-corrected, crossing all the lanes before crashing through the guardrail on the right shoulder.

The motorcyclist died at Harborview Medical Center.  The driver of the car was not injured, the State Patrol said.

From my perspective drowsy driving is the same as drunk driving.  It’s a preventable risk factor.  Selfishness and bad judgment are the only explanations why someone doesn’t either park their vehicle and sleep or call a taxi, Uber or a friend for a ride and pick their car up the next day.

The motorcyclist’s family is entitled to compensation from the drowsy driver and his insurance company.


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