New Jersey Car Accidents Lawyers Represent Drowsy Driving Accident Victims
Accidents caused by drowsy driving are more prevalent than people think. Drowsy driving is proving to be as potentially deadly as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An individual who has been awake for over 21 hours has the same inability to concentrate as a driver with a .08 percent blood alcohol level. This level of impairment results in a lack of situational awareness and slows reaction times, which can result in a serious or even fatal car accident.
Risks and Warning Signs of Drowsy Driving
Any driver can be at risk for driving while fatigued. Causes can be as simple as a long day at work or lack of adequate sleep. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), certain individuals are more at-risk than others and should take precautions to avoid getting behind the wheel while fatigued. The NSF’s list includes:
- Younger, less experienced drivers
- Night shift workers
- Workers who regularly work overtime
- Truck drivers
- Drivers suffering from a sleep disorder
- Drivers taking sedating medications
Drowsy driving comes with several types of common behaviors. Common indicators of drowsy driving are behaviors such as frequent yawning and delayed reaction time. Drowsy drivers may become aggressive, miss an exit or make a wrong turn. Some drivers try to stay awake by opening the car windows or turning on loud music, but these methods are generally ineffective at suppressing the urge to sleep.
Consequences of Driving Drowsy
A lack of sleep impairs judgement, so drowsy drivers are at a high risk for causing car accidents. A lack of concentration and focus can cause a serious wreck, resulting in personal injury or injury to others. The NSF believes that drowsy driving is actually more dangerous than drunk driving because if a driver falls asleep at the wheel, they have no ability to avoid an accident.
How to Prevent Drowsy Driving
Not all traffic accidents can be avoided, but car accidents caused by a fatigued driver are often completely preventable. Any individual who operates a motor vehicle on a regular basis should strive for eight hours of sleep every night. On long trips, drivers should travel with a partner to share driving duties or plan to take regular breaks at two hour intervals. Truck drivers or drivers of other commercial vehicles should avoid working overtime. All drivers should be aware of the dangers of fatigue and no driver should operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol or taking certain types of prescription medications.
Contact a New Jersey Drowsy Driving Lawyer at Law Offices of Eric A. Shore to Discuss Your Case
If you have been injured in a drowsy driving car accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our New Jersey car accident lawyers represent accident victims and will fight for your rights aggressively to work for the compensation you need to put your life back together. The aftermath of an accident can be painful and complicated. At the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore we have helped our clients win over $250,000,000 in settlements, verdicts and expected lifetime benefits. We represent personal injury victims in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Please do not delay in contacting our team for a complimentary consultation at 1-800-226-8967 or 856-497-2203 or contact us online.
New Jersey drowsy driving lawyers at the Cherry Hill Office are available to speak with you today. Our fees are contingency-based, so we only get paid if we secure compensation for you.