The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

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December 26, 2017
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), falling asleep at the wheel causes around 83,000 car crashes every year. Many of these crashes resulted in serious injuries, some of which left victims permanently disabled or forced to pay thousands of dollars worth of medical bills. Fortunately, injured parties can collect compensation from those whose negligence caused their accident, so if you were involved in a collision with a drowsy driver, please contact a member of our auto accident legal team to learn more about recovering damages for your own injuries.

Who is at Risk?

Anyone can fall asleep at the wheel. However, there are certain people who are considered more at risk of suffering from fatigue while driving, including drivers who:

  • Are taking medications that cause drowsiness;
  • Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Must travel long distances for their jobs;
  • Suffer from a sleep disorder;
  • Must drive at night or who are required to work irregular hours;
  • Regularly get less than six hours of sleep a night;
  • Often travel between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.; and
  • Are required to drive regularly on rural roads.

Even feeling drowsy while driving can be dangerous, as it not only makes drivers less attentive, but also slows reaction time and affects a person’s decision making abilities, all of which can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle.

Potential Injuries

The injuries sustained in car crashes where at least one driver fell asleep at the wheel tend to be severe, which is largely attributed to the fact that drowsy drivers are usually not aware of an impending crash and so fail to hit the brakes or swerve. As a result, these types of collisions almost always occur at high speeds, making it much more likely that victims will suffer from:

  • Broken or crushed knees from striking the dashboard;
  • Facial fractures from coming into contact with the airbag;
  • Severe lacerations or amputations caused by flying glass;
  • Broken ribs or a fractured diaphragm;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries from striking the steering wheel, window, or another object in the car; and
  • Whiplash.

Treating these kinds of catastrophic injuries often involves expensive and painful treatments, including surgery and physical therapy. The cost of treatment can quickly overwhelm a victim’s finances, making it especially important for those who are involved in these types of crashes to seek compensation from the at-fault party. Measuring and assessing points of impact and skid marks at the scene of the accident often plays a critical role in helping plaintiffs prove that another driver failed to brake prior to the collision and so was either driving recklessly or asleep at the wheel.

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Please contact Nickola Law at 810-767-5420 to learn more about collecting compensation for your own accident-related injuries. A dedicated member of our auto accident legal team is standing by to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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