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All responsible drivers readily recognize that some driving behaviors are dangerous and must be avoided. Among the most serious and quickly identified are drunk driving and distracted driving. However, the list of dangerous and even fatal driving behaviors can include drowsy driving as well. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps records in connection to all car accidents which are reported to the police. The data the agency has collected reveals shocking facts.

Thousands of drowsy driving crashes occur each year. Sadly, the NHTSA reports that in 2020, there were 633 deaths from drowsy driving-related accidents in the United States.

Additionally, “NHTSA estimates that in 2017, 91,000 police-reported crashes involved drowsy drivers. These crashes led to an estimated 50,000 people injured and nearly 800 deaths.”

The agency notes that drowsy driving crashes happen most frequently between midnight and 6:00 a.m., or in the late afternoon, and that they often occur on rural roads and highways.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a drowsy driver, the team at Phillips Law Group can help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the personal injury lawyers at our firm to learn more about your legal options.

You can call us at 1-800-706-3000 or fill out the online form on this page to speak with one of our attorneys about your situation. Contact us today!

+ Fundamental Causes of Drowsing Driving Accidents

A basic factor in the life of most adults is not having the circumstances to get sufficient rest and sleep. Research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016 states that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. Essential daily activities, our jobs, demanding bosses, and more require many of us to keep going even when we may be exhausted.

As a result of these pressures, people push through their day and continue to attempt to accomplish tasks although they are suffering from sleep deprivation. Though this has become expected behavior, the truth is that when a person is behind the wheel of a car, drowsy driving can have horrific consequences.

While it is true that all drivers have the potential to be drowsy drivers, some groups are especially vulnerable to drowsy driving. The drivers who are most frequently involved in fatigued driving accidents include:

  • Workers completing especially long shifts
  • Night shift workers
  • Persons suffering from sleep disorders
  • Persons who take prescription medications that cause drowsiness
  • Truck drivers

+ Why Truck Drivers Are Especially in Danger of Becoming Fatigued Drivers

Commercial drivers operate many of the largest vehicles on the road. Tractor-trailers, tow trucks, and buses are a few of these vehicles that can cause significant damage to smaller vehicles. 

An unreasonable trucking company focused mainly on profits may push their truck drivers to work long hours without sufficient sleep and rest. In the blink of an eye, sleepy drivers can directly cause or create a series of events that result in major accidents that cause severe injuries and or death.

In order to prevent drowsy driving collisions and truck accidents caused by driver fatigue, there are clearly specified federal regulations for commercial truck drivers and the companies that employ them. In drowsy driving accident cases involving commercial drivers, it is crucial to have an attorney who is knowledgeable about these drowsy driving laws of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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    The Dangers Created by Drowsy Drivers

    A drowsy driver can quickly create an unsafe situation on the road. It is a fact that at highway speeds, a car or truck can travel the distance of a football field in 5 seconds. 

    It also literally takes a single moment for a drowsy driver to move into another lane. A sleepy truck driver could bump into a nearby car, pushing it into oncoming traffic and causing head-on collisions.

    Studies have concluded that a person who has not slept for 20 hours can experience severe problems with concentration while driving. In addition, a drowsy driver can demonstrate driving behavior similar to someone under the influence of alcohol. The symptoms of a fatigued driver include a slower reaction time and a diminished attention span.

    The drivers’ diminished capacity to implement accurate decisions can severely affect their ability to identify and adjust to changing road conditions. According to research, depending on how little sleep a driver has had, it is possible that he or she will be 3 times as likely to cause an accident.

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    Signs of a Drowsy Driver

    Recognizing the signs that you are near a drowsy driver can help you avoid being involved in an accident. These include:

    • Drifting out of the lane repeatedly
    • Driver closing his or her eyes
    • Frequent yawning
    • Drifting onto the rumble strips
    • Driving onto the shoulder again and again

    Exhausted drivers might also suddenly realize that they are falling asleep while driving when making a minor error. This realization could startle them. As a result, they may compensate for the error with excessive force or overcorrection. A small mistake could quickly become a disastrous one.

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    Drowsy Driving Accidents Require Compensation

    A collision caused by a drowsy driver can cause ruinous financial consequences. The resulting injuries are often severe and long-lasting. Unfortunately, after drowsy driving car accidents, it can be an uphill fight to get the compensation you deserve.

    The drowsy driver may try to conceal the fact that he or she was fatigued at the time of the collision. Meanwhile, their insurers may back them up.

    Insurance companies also are notorious for seeking to minimize the seriousness of the victim’s injuries and trying to avoid liability entirely. Additional problems may be encountered if the drowsy driver works for a trucking company equipped with a legal team ready to resist accountability.

    You should not have to fight with various groups of obstinate parties, especially while you recover. Our legal team can assist you in getting the compensation you need. Your injuries and the damage to your property require that you receive restitution. 

    We can assist you in recovering compensation for the following:

    • Lost wages
    • Lost potential earnings 
    • Hospital bills related to your accident
    • Medication
    • Physical therapy
    • Physical pain
    • Emotional suffering
    • Counseling
    • Lifestyle changes

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    Our Drowsy Driving Accident Lawyers Are on Your Side

    If a fatigued driver has injured you, it could be challenging to establish guilt, especially if the fatigued driver denies being drowsy. However, our knowledgeable and discerning drowsy driving accident attorneys can help. We know how to bring the truth to light in these cases.

    Drowsy driving accidents can turn your life upside down. Not only for the immediate future but for a long time to come. As you work to repair your life and adjust to any new and permanent changes caused by the collision, you may face unexpected and seemingly overwhelming challenges and frustrations. 

    However, our team’s drowsing driving accident attorneys can help you confront and rise above the obstacles ahead of you. The attorneys at the Phillips Law Group understand the anxiety and frustration an injured person can feel during the process of a car accident lawsuit. Whether it is the stress of medical bills, complex legal procedures, or exhausting guilty parties that won’t cooperate – we empathize and can help.

    Whether it was you or your loved one who was injured in a fatigued driver accident, we want to help you get the justice and compensation you need. Keep in mind that if we decide to take on your drowsy driving accident case, there are no upfront fees. 

    For assistance after a drowsy driving collision, contact a car accident lawyer at Phillips Law Group today for a free case evaluation at 1-800-706-3000.

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