Did you know that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving?
A recent study indicates that it is! Australian researchers have found
that driving after being awake for more than 24 hours is equivalent to
a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10%,
which exceeds that is considered legally drunk.
Fatigued drivers are responsible for more than 100,000 accidents every
year in the United States, causing more than 70,000 injuries and over
1,500 fatalities, and yet many people are not aware of how prevalent this
problem is. A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation in 2005
concluded that approximately
60 percent of adult drivers (about 168 million drivers)
have admitted to driving drowsy in the past year. An even more alarming statistic shows that more than
one-third of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their lives, with a shocking 13 percent admitting to doing so at least once a month.
Most people are aware that it is a bad idea (not to mention, illegal) to
drive while drunk, but it is also to remember that it is important not
to drive when fatigued. Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel when
they are too tired to drive safely put not only themselves in danger,
but also everyone else on the road.
Being tired can severely impair a person’s ability to drive a car
safely, slowing their reaction times and making it more difficult to pay
attention to the road and the driver’s surroundings. Falling asleep
at the wheel can result in a serious car accident that may injure or kill
other drivers and passengers, pedestrians, or bicyclists. In the blink
of an eye, a sleepy driver may be held liable for paying damages for any
property damage, injury, or death caused by their actions.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a fatigued driver
or have suffered the loss of a family member, you owe it to yourself to
get in touch with a Huntington Beach accident attorney today. You should
not have to shoulder the burden of out-of-pocket expenses for an accident
caused by someone else’s negligence – allow Schneider Overett
to fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve!
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