You would never expect a person to drive if they were under the influence of alcohol, although it does happen. But have you ever given much thought to people who drive drowsy? Driver fatigue can be every bit as dangerous as drunk driving. Here are some facts you need to know and how to avoid the issue.
Frequency of Accidents
In 2013, the CDC estimated that there were 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths due to driver fatigue. These estimates are likely under the actual number, with an approximation of as many as 6,000 fatal crashes each year at the fault of drowsy drivers. On the other hand, drunk driving accounts for up to 10,000 fatal crashes each year. Both are very dangerous and can be fatal.
How It Happens
The most common offenders of fatigued driving are commercial drivers of tow trucks and semi-trucks and trailers. These drivers must cover many miles a day; and if they run into traffic or other complications, their day could be made even longer. While there are rules in place to keep drivers from driving drowsy, there are ways for drivers to circumvent the system.
Driver fatigue can also hit the average driver. Sleep disorders, insomnia, working overnight, or being ill can all make you feel drowsy. There are also a number of medications that can make you too drowsy to drive, and all of them have warning labels letting users know this.
What to Do
If you are in an accident where someone was driving drowsy, you may have a case for negligence to get compensation for your injuries and more. Contact an attorney as soon as you can after the accident to ensure that all aspects of the case are brought to light and you get the fair compensation that you deserve. If you have been in an auto accident caused by a fatigued driver, contact us today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.