Between the deadly dangers of drunk driving and driver distractions such as cell phones and other mobile devices, the hazards of drowsy driving are often overlooked.
From Nov. 6-12, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF)—with the endorsement of the National Transportation Safety Board—sponsors Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in an effort to educate drivers about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while sleepy. The Mobile, Alabama, car accident attorneys at Long & Long understand the risks of driving while not fully awake, and we have helped numerous victims of this negligent behavior pursue the financial compensation and justice they deserve.
According to a 2010 study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately one in six fatal motor vehicle accidents involved a drowsy driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving is a factor in about 100,000 accidents per year, resulting in more than 1,500 deaths annually.
Drowsiness can cause impaired vision and slow reaction time. One study cited by the NSF indicated that being awake for more than 20 hours causes impairment similar to a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent.
Driving while drowsy can also result in momentary lapses of sleep, causing drivers to veer out of their lanes, off the road or into other vehicles.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident caused by a drowsy or otherwise negligent driver, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, personal injury attorneys at Long & Long, P.C., for your free case evaluation.