There is no shortage of causes for auto accidents, but one culprit that sometimes doesn’t receive the spotlight it should is drowsy driving.
How Dangerous is Drowsy Driving?
According to a National Sleep Foundation (NSF) poll, 60 percent of drivers admitted to having driven while drowsy; 37 percent said they had nodded off while driving. The actual numbers are likely higher. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reports that roughly 6,000 fatal vehicular accidents each year can be attributed to drowsy driving.
The NSF states that driving after having been awake for 18 straight hours produces effects equivalent to someone with a .05 blood-alcohol concentration. After 24 hours, it equates to a .10 BAC (legal intoxication is .08 in most instances). The results are slower reaction time, lack of awareness of one’s surroundings, impaired judgment, and skewed decision making. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Frequent yawning, no clear memory of the last few miles driven, and being snapped to attention by the rumble strip are clear signs of drowsy driving. The only antidote to drowsiness is sleep. If you’re drowsy, don’t get behind the wheel. If drowsiness creeps up on you as you drive, pull over at a safe place and take a 20-minute catnap.
For DUI cases, there are tests that can determine alcohol/drug impairment. Cell phone records can help prove distracted driving. However, there isn’t a clear-cut standard of measure to quantify drowsy driving, which makes these cases more complex.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, contact an auto accident attorney, who can help you attain rightful compensation.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help After a Crash
Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in a car accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.