According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 5,000 people died in 2015 in crashes resulting from drowsy driving. These estimates don’t begin to account for the many more people who suffer serious injuries or disability as a result of drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that as many as 44,000 people might be injured in fatigued driving accidents every year. In fact, because there is no direct test for drowsy driving, fatigue may be an underestimated factor leading to many car accidents. In fact, one industry veteran speaking to the New York Times estimated that as many as 70% of trucking accidents might be ultimately the result of fatigue. Many accidents like drifting onto other lanes or drifting onto oncoming lanes, rear-end collisions, failure to stop in time, and other crashes might ultimately be the result of a driver being too fatigued to react appropriately.
One of the issues when it comes to fighting fatigued driving is that it can sometimes be difficult to assess whether a driver might have been tired behind the wheel. According to Consumer Reports, as many as a third of people claim to have gotten behind the wheel when they were too tired to keep their eyes open. When truck driving accidents take place, a review of a truck driver’s hours of service logs, or a close look at the truck’s shipping schedule can reveal whether the driver might have been behind the wheel long enough to be considered fatigued. Laws that govern how long a truck driver can be behind the wheel also protect truckers and the general public from fatigued driving in the trucking industry. When it comes to passenger vehicle drivers, there may be no legally-mandated logs to record how long a driver has been on the road or awake, but drivers might leave other records of their sleep deprivation. If a driver just left work after a long shift, or if a driver was on the road late at night, or traveling long distances, this could also be evidence that a driver might have been on the road for too long and may have been fatigued.
If you think that you or someone you love was hurt due to the actions of a fatigued driver, you may have the right to seek damages from negligent parties to cover your medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a Pembroke Pines, Florida car accident law firm that may be able to assist you with your case. Our car accident lawyer can review the details and facts of your case, identify potentially negligent parties, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law.
What are the Dangers of Fatigued Driving?
Fatigued driving is incredibly dangerous. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, driving after 17 hours awake is the equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05. And driving after 24 hours awake is the same as driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.1. Driving after not sleeping for a day could impair you just as much as being too drunk to legally drive. Drowsy driving can impair a driver’s reaction time, judgement, and can result in miscalculations behind the wheel, resulting in accidents and injuries. And yet, drivers might not always be held accountable for driving while tired because it can be challenging to determine whether a driver might have been fatigued behind the wheel. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a car accident law firm in Pembroke Pines, Florida that can review your case, investigate the circumstances leading up to your crash, and potentially determine whether drowsy driving might have been a factor. Do you have questions about your rights if you think another driver’s actions behind the wheel resulted in your crash? Reach out to the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today. Our lawyers may be able to help you.
Justice for Car Accident Victims
The immediate aftermath of a crash can be a stressful time for both victims and their families. If you were seriously injured in an accident, you might be facing long-term disability, a long course of rehabilitation, and other challenges. If another driver’s actions behind the wheel resulted in your crash, you and your loved ones may be entitled to seek damages for your losses. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a car accident law firm in Pembroke Pines, Florida that may be able to help you. However, you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim. Connect with our lawyers today or reach out to USAttorneys.com to learn more about your rights and options.