Stay Awake: Auto Accidents Caused by Drowsy Driving
Every day, thousands of people who wouldn’t dream of getting behind the wheels of their vehicles while intoxicated do so when they are exhausted, yet they don’t think they are doing anything improper. What they don’t realize is that, according to a 2016 report published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who sleep just four or five hours during a 24-hour period are four times more likely to be involved in auto accidents than those who sleep at least seven hours during that span. That crash rate is very similar to the crash rate of drunk drivers.
Many people would be hesitant to put drowsy driving on par with drunk driving - that is, until they were victims of an auto accident caused by a drowsy driver. Unfortunately, drowsy driving accidents happen, injuring tens of thousands and killing hundreds throughout the nation each year. If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured in an auto accident caused by a drowsy driver, or if you have tragically lost a family member in such an accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for the financial losses and expenses you have suffered as a result by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
At the Charpentier Law Firm, we have extensive experience and a history of success in handling cases involving auto accidents and drowsy driving. Our Melbourne, FL personal injury attorneys will use all of the resources at our disposal to present the strongest case possible on your behalf, fighting to obtain every cent to which you are entitled. Please don’t hesitate to arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case today.
Drowsy Driving Is a Serious Problem
If your life has been turned upside down due to a drowsy driving accident, you are far from alone. In 2014 alone, 846 people were confirmed to have been killed in drowsy driving auto accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This represented only a slight decline from the 886 people who were killed on average in such accidents between 2005 and 2009 according to the agency. During this same five-year span, there were approximately 83,000 drowsy driving auto accidents a year, with approximately 37,000 injuries on average.
If these numbers seem large, remember that they likely represent just a portion of the actual numbers. Fatigue is likely a factor in more auto accidents than is actually reported. If it is true, as the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety claims, that drivers who get just four to five hours of sleep in a 24-hour period are not fit to drive, then lack of sleep may play a role in a significant percentage of all auto accidents.
Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Drowsy Driver Auto Accident Case
To arrange for an evaluation of your drowsy driving auto accident case, we urge you to contact the Charpentier Law Firm today. We would be pleased to advise you of your legal rights and options.