When the average person considers the most reckless behavior a person can engage in before getting behind the wheel of a car, they often think of drunk driving. While DUI-related accidents are a serious issue that should be taken seriously, the truth is that more accidents may be caused by drowsy and / or distracted drivers.
Read on to learn more about these potentially deadly behaviors and how they can affect the driver and others on the roads. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker if you have been the victim in a vehicle accident and believe the other party was negligent. You can call us at 800-333-0000 for your free consultation.
The studies are clear: Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving
It is a widely accepted and understood fact that a person should not get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. However, many do not realize that drowsy driving is just as dangerous. Consider a recent study done by AAA. They recorded the faces of people who were driving. 701 of them were involved in car accidents over the course of the study.
The researchers then used a scientifically proven and accepted method to determine if the drivers were drowsy when the accidents occurred. They found that around 9% of the accidents involved drowsy drivers. They also found that nearly 11% of accidents that were serious enough to report to the police involved drowsy drivers.
They did not find that there were any age groups more likely to be involved in accidents while drowsy, but they did find that a person who got into an accident at night was three times as likely to be drowsy than a person who got into an accident during the day.
The study recommended that drivers ensure they are sleeping for seven hours within a 24-hour period before driving. They found that a person who is awake for 18 hours will drive as unsafely as a person with a blood alcohol content of .05, which is not far under the legal limit of .08. If a driver has not slept for 24 hours then they are drive as poorly as a person with a .10 BAC.
96% of drivers say that they believe that driving while drowsy does affect how well they can operate a vehicle. That said a full 30% of people surveyed admitted that they had driven in the last month when they were so tired they had to struggle to keep their eyes open. This means that people do know how serious the issue is but continue to drive anyway.
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused in part or in whole by a drowsy driver then we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We are happy to go over your options for you so that you can make the most informed decisions.