Motorists who are drowsy are more likely to fall asleep or lose focus. A drowsy driver is a motorist with a reduced level of alertness as a result of being tired. It is common for many drivers to assume that they can push through their fatigue to get home after a long day of work. But this is a serious mistake that can have catastrophic consequences.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are at least 100,000 reported crashes that result from fatigued driving each year. These accidents result in 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. These numbers are considered to be conservative because many drowsy driving accidents involve only one vehicle where the only witness was the driver.
Drowsy driving is dangerous because a driver who actually falls asleep at the wheel can cause a head-on collision, veer off the roadway, crash into a tree, or slam into a wall at full speed. There have been numerous studies in recent years that compare fatigued driving to having a blood alcohol concentration of .1 percent, considered to be legally drunk in all states.
Sleepy drivers may be unable to recall the last few miles they traveled. They may experience a difficulty focusing and their wandering thoughts may be distracting. Fatigued drivers often struggle to keep their eyes open or their attention on driving. They may begin to accidentally tailgate or miss traffic signals. All of these situations are extremely dangerous and can lead to a serious or fatal injury.
Drowsy driving is negligent driving and those who cause injury accidents can be held civilly liable by the victims. The experienced Oklahoma auto accident lawyers at Maples Law Firm help victims of drowsy drivers get fair compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another driver’s negligence, please contact us at (888) 226-6159 for a free consultation and a comprehensive case assessment.