For people who have suffered an injury or lost loved ones in motor vehicle accidents, there can be extensive ramifications physically, financially, professionally and emotionally. The cause of the crash is frequently under scrutiny. One commonly understated cause of car collisions is drowsy driving.
Drowsiness impacts driving in several ways. It reduces the driver’s ability to react when behind the wheel. Not sleeping for at least 20 hours is comparable to a driver whose blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08%, the legal limit to be considered under the influence. If a driver is drowsy, there is triple the chance of being in an accident.
Over 40% of drivers say they have fallen asleep while driving at least once in their lives. Another 20% say it happened in the previous year. A fundamental problem with drowsy driving goes beyond drivers who get behind the wheel when they are tired. Often, they are not even cognizant that they are too tired to drive. Statistically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are an estimated 100,000 crashes due to drowsy driving in which the accident is reported to the police. In these accidents, 71,000 people are hurt, and 1,550 people die. However, the numbers could be worse. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that there are actually 328,000 drowsy driving accidents each year. In their research, 109,000 people are injured, and 6,400 people lose their lives.
Strategies to reduce the frequency of drowsy driving include implementing advanced technology, intervening with vulnerable demographics, getting sufficient sleep, checking the side effects for medications, and helping employees prevent drowsy driving. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to know what steps to take to pursue compensation. If drowsy driving was the cause of the collision, this might be a key factor in the case. A law firm experienced in helping people who are facing the aftermath of a crash may benefit from attentive legal assistance.