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Friday, November 3, 2017
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 846 lives were lost in 2014 from drowsy driving incidents.
Now, NHTSA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Sleep Foundation have teamed up to prevent drowsy driving. Drowsy Driving Awareness Week is the first week of November, and everyone can do their part to not only ensure they are not driving fatigued, but bring awareness to friends and family members.
You know that driving while intoxicated is dangerous, which is why you do your part not to drink and drive. But, do you know the dangers of being drowsy?
Drowsiness limits your ability to make sound judgments, react, and limits your performance overall – just as if you were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
One study conducted by AAA found that most tired drivers cannot stay awake on the road, which would explain the estimated 72,000 accidents caused by drowsy drivers in 2013.
Per the AAA study, more than one-third of drivers reported falling asleep at the wheel, and one out of ten admitted to falling asleep once in the past year. The study, which was completed in November 2014, found that drowsy driving has a severe impact on roadway safety.
Many motorists are unaware that they are too tired to drive safely, and can even be unaware that they have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Since people cannot predict when they are about to fall asleep, it is important to know the warning signs that you are becoming too tired to drive.
The following are signs you are too tired to drive safely:
If you notice any of these signs, then you are at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Note that you can have these symptoms even if you did get eight hours of sleep. Regardless of the reason, if you find yourself doing any of the action mentioned above – please pull over immediately or find a safe spot to stop. Then, either find someone to get your home by calling family or friends, or take a short nap, get some caffeine, or just get some fresh air to help you wake back up before driving again.
Anyone who drives has a risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. However, some motorists have a higher chance than others, including:
You can do your part to avoid drowsy driving by getting enough sleep every night. In addition to rest, here are a few more ways you can prevent fatigued driving:
Even if you know that the driver who caused your accident was drowsy, proving it for a personal injury case is complicated. That is why it is essential that you speak with an injury attorney. An attorney can help you gather evidence and increases the chances of a successful case.
Proving that a driver was drunk is relatively easy – mainly because there are chemical tests that will determine the driver’s blood alcohol level. Unfortunately, there are no chemical tests that reveal if a driver was drowsy or fell asleep at the wheel.
Furthermore, the issue cannot be prevented by enacting new laws, because there is no way for law enforcement to prove for sure that a driver was asleep or fatigued.
As of right now, only one state has drowsy driving laws, and even their law does not resolve the issue of drowsy driving. Instead, the New Jersey law requires that prosecutors prove the motorist was awake for 24 consecutive hours before they can be officially charged with drowsy driving.
If there are no laws or tests to prove distracted driving, what does a plaintiff have left? Luckily, there are still critical pieces of evidence that can show the defendant was drowsy or even asleep. These include:
While proving drowsy driving is difficult, it is not impossible. When you work with an attorney, like those at Malman Law, you increase the chances that you will have a successful case.
Most importantly, when someone’s negligence causes an accident, it is vital that you explore your options for compensation. Motor vehicle accidents often lead to extensive medical costs, lost wages, and suffering.
Let the attorneys at Malman Law help you receive the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation now at 888-625-6265, or request more information online.
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