Drivers in Wyoming might be surprised when they learn just how many fatal accidents there are involving large trucks. It's estimated that in 2017, more than 4,100 people died in these types of accidents. This represents a 28 percent increase over the number of similar accidents that took place in 2009.
Losing just one or two hours of sleep can make drivers in Wyoming and around the country almost twice as likely to crash according to the American Automobile Association. Researchers from the Florida-based nonprofit group's Foundation for Traffic Safety say that driving after sleeping for five hours or less impairs motorists as much as having a blood alcohol concentration higher than the .08 percent legal limit. According to the AAA, drivers need at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep to operate a car, pickup truck, or SUV safely.