While there are always discussions regarding drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding, one type of negligence is just as dangerous as the others: fatigued driving. Years ago, experts estimated that drowsy driving accounted for only two to three percent of all auto accidents. However, a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows much higher numbers.
The study determined that roughly 9.5% of all crashes involve drowsiness as one of the factors. A big problem is the lack of sleep that approximately 35% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep, meaning they’re less cognitive on the road. As such, it’s essential to recognize the potential signs of drowsy driving and how someone can cause significant harm:
- Swerving: Drowsy drivers often exhibit similar behavior as drunk and distracted drivers, including swerving into other lanes.
- Erratic braking: A drowsy driver may drift off slowly, and when they come to, they may brake much quicker than they expect.
- Sudden acceleration: When a driver comes to and realizes he or she has been moving too slow for traffic, they may accelerate suddenly.
Missing two to three hours of sleep can cause similar impairment as drunk driving. In these cases, drivers can cause some of the most catastrophic accidents, leading to severe injuries.
What to Do Moving Forward
Working with a lawyer to prove fatigued driving is imperative. It’s our goal at Briggle & Polan, PLLC to protect your rights during complex situations. While establishing fatigue in a crash can seem challenging, our firm works with expert witnesses and accident reconstructionists to build a strong case strategy on your behalf.
Our Austin car accident lawyers are ready to help you when you need it most. We go above and beyond for you because we know how much compensation means to you, and we’ll be the voice you need to maximize the amount you may recover.
Call our firm at (512) 400-3278 today for a free consultation.