Driver Fatigue Facts
Most of us are well aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Many people are aware, as well, that driving while drowsy can be dangerous. But just how risky is it to get behind the wheel when an individual is sleep-deprived? This article discusses some of the basic facts about driving while drowsy.
Driving while fatigued can be dangerous for the drivers who do so, their passengers, and anyone else on or near the road where they are traveling. Driver fatigue is not a minor problem in the US. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made the following estimates about accidents caused by driver drowsiness:
- About 100,000 accidents each year are caused by drivers being too tired to safely operate a motor vehicle
- These accidents are estimated to result in more than 70,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths
- They are also estimated to cause $12.5 billion in monetary losses
These NHTSA estimates are considered to be conservative by many. The drivers at highest risk for driving while sleepy include night shift workers, young drivers, and business travelers.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, you may be dealing with ongoing physical, emotional, and financial difficulties. You should not have to bear this burden alone. The responsible party may be held accountable through a civil lawsuit. Contact the Madison car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to discuss your legal rights in this trying situation.