Choosing to get behind the wheel of a car while impaired presents dangerous risks to others. “Impaired” often refers to someone under the influence of alcohol and drugs. What about fatigue, though? A person too tired to drive might not be capable of safe driving. Many accidents in Texas result from someone battling fatigue while operating a vehicle.
Since feeling tired is normal, scores of people feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the National Sleep Foundation. Their candor reveals several frightening statistics. Roughly half the drivers in the United States admit to driving while suffering from drowsiness. Incredibly, about 20% said they fell asleep behind the wheel at some time during the past 12 months.
Driving while drowsy is extremely dangerous. In 2015, 5,000 people died in crashes that involved drowsy driving. Therefore, many individuals wonder why people take such risks. Perhaps some drivers feel they are fine and can make it home without any problems. Professional drivers may fear falling behind schedule and continue to drive even when getting rest would be advisable. The reasons don’t ultimately matter. Driving while drowsy is dangerous and potentially negligent.
Drowsy driving isn’t about feeling a little tired. It is about reduced reaction time and decreased attention. Studies show that driving for more than 20 hours without any sleep creates performance problems similar to having a 0.08% blood-alcohol concentration.
Thankfully, there are attempts to raise awareness about these dangers. November 1 to 8, 2020, marks “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.” If this event garners helpful publicity, the public may gain a greater understanding of the dangers. Awareness could lead to some levels of prevention.
An attorney could seek compensation for people involved in negligent car accidents. A lawyer might file a suit for medical expenses and lost wages. If someone dies, an attorney could file a wrongful death suit. He or she may even sue beyond the limits of the auto insurance policy.