Sadly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates each year that sleepy drivers cause over 100,000 vehicle accidents, resulting in 1,550 deaths.
Statistics indicated that drowsy driving is a major issue in the United States. Keep this in mind if you are out celebrating the upcoming New Year tonight. In addition to drunk driving accidents, which we blogged about last week, drowsy driving can play a role in crashes in the Nashville-metro area.
According to NHTSA, young males ages 29 and under, shift workers who work odd hours and people with undiagnosed sleep disorders, like sleep apnea or narcolepsy, are the most likely to cause drowsy driving accidents.
If you work today and plan on going out to celebrate, make sure that you have had sufficient rest before you drive a vehicle, otherwise, make sure you have an alternative form of transportation, like a taxi or designated driver, present. Unfortunately, if you have been awake for more than 17 hours, your performance is equal to that of a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .05 percent, according to NHTSA.
Sadly, on December 17, a Nashville man was injured when he fell asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle and crashed on Interstate 40 in Kentucky. The man reportedly veered into the median before waking up and overcorrected his vehicle before entering traffic. His vehicle eventually overturned, and he had to be transported to the hospital for injury treatment.
Should I Talk to a Lawyer After a Drowsy Driving Accident?
If a drowsy driver caused a fatal car accident that killed a loved one, speak to our attorney by setting up a free consultation. Additionally, you can speak to our attorney if a drowsy driver has injured you.
You should not have to suffer, because a driver was negligent in not getting enough sleep prior to taking the wheel.
Have a safe and happy beginning to 2015!
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13