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Drowsy driving, which refers to operating a motor vehicle while tired or sleepy, is a leading cause of thousands of car accidents annually. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1 in 25 adults aged 18 or older has reported falling asleep at the wheel in the past 30 days.
This is a serious concern, as drowsy driving not only increases the risk of falling asleep at the wheel but also impairs a driver’s attention, reaction time, and decision-making. Despite the known dangers, there are still an average of 28,000 drowsy-driving accidents every year. Our professional vehicle injury attorneys are here to help those who have been affected by a drowsy driving accident in Alabama.
At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., our Alabama vehicle accident attorneys understand the devastating impact that drowsy driving can have on individuals and families. We are here to help. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a fatigued driver, please do not hesitate to contact us today at 205-933-1500.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), drowsy driving accidents resulted in 846 deaths in 2014 alone. It is estimated that drowsy driving is responsible for an annual average of 886 deaths and more than 37,000 injuries. However, that number is likely higher given that clues about the cause of a crash are not always readily apparent or conclusive.
Based on estimates from the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety drowsy driving contributes to as many as 1.2 million collisions, resulting in an annual average of 109,000 injury crashes and 6,400 fatal crashes. The typical characteristics of drowsy driving accidents include:
According to sleep experts, adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep daily to maintain optimal health. However, data from the CDC shows that a significant portion of adults fail to meet this recommendation, with up to 35% sleeping less than 7 hours and 12% sleeping less than 5 hours per day. This sleep insufficiency is not only linked to numerous health issues, but also plays a major role in Alabama drowsy driving accidents.
A recent study found that individuals who get less than 7 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours have a significantly increased risk of being involved in a vehicle crash due to inattentiveness. Furthermore, those who sleep for less than 4-5 hours in the past 24 hours are substantially impaired and have a crash rate four times higher. This level of impairment is similar to driving with a blood alcohol content of .08.
Some of the warning signs of drowsy driving include:
The groups of people that are more at-risk for drowsy driving are:
When a sleep-deprived driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. If you or a loved one have been injured in a drowsy driving accident, contact the Alabama car accident lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. for help.
Our Alabama car accident attorneys have more than 65 years of collective personal injury experience and we will fight for the compensation you deserve. With the help of one of our skilled car accident lawyers, you may be able to recover compensation for your:
We pride ourselves on providing compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable representation to accident victims throughout Alabama and we advocate for the maximum compensation possible in every personal injury case.
Contact the Alabama personal injury law firm at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today at 205-933-1500 to find out how our talented car accident lawyers can help. We offer a free consultation at no risk to you.
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