Bhatt Law Group has a team of experienced car accident injury lawyers serving New Jersey with personalized, compassionate care. These attorneys have decades of combined experience in helping individuals who have been hurt in car crashes. Unfortunately, many car accident victims suffer injuries in crashes caused by drowsy drivers or those behind the wheel while fatigued.
Driving While Fatigued
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that people driving while drowsy or fatigued led to 72,000 crashes during 2013 alone. That same year, 44,000 people were injured and another 800 killed because of drowsy driving. It is believed that those numbers are low estimates and that as many as 6,000 more crashes each year are caused by drowsy drivers. Drowsy driving is a serious problem in the United States. It comes with dangers and risks and can lead to tragic results. Drivers should not get behind the wheel when sleepy or fatigued.
When a driver has not slept enough or has driven too long, or when he or she does shift work, has been drinking, takes medications that cause drowsiness, or has untreated sleep disorders, the risk is real. Scientists have been unable to determine when sleep comes over an individual’s body, but falling asleep at the wheel can be life-threatening. Even just being sleepy when driving can impact a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Drowsiness impacts drivers in many ways.
Drowsiness can cause:
- Slower reaction time when an individual must brake or steer suddenly.
- Impact the driver’s ability to make good decisions.
- Makes a driver not as alert to paying attention to the road.
Facts About Driving While Drowsy
The numbers for driving while drowsy are alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 1 out of every 25 adults drivers ages 18 and older report having fallen asleep while they were driving during the last 30 days. When you add that to the NHTSA statistics for accidents caused by driving while fatigued, there is a real risk anytime someone gets on the road.
Who Are Drowsy Drivers?
Those who are more likely to drive while drowsy include those who fail to get enough sleep, commercial truckers who operate semis, buses or tow trucks and those who work the night shift or extra long shifts. Those who have untreated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea where one stops and starts breathing repeatedly, are also much more likely to drive while fatigued. Also, those who have consumed alcohol or who take medications that might cause drowsiness are more likely to be involved in an accident caused by drowsy driving.
What Are The Warnings Of Drowsy Driving?
- Missing your exit or turn off.
- Drifting out of your lane.
- Frequent blinking.
- Hitting a rumble strip alongside the road.
- Difficulty remembering the last few miles you have driven.
If you notice these warning signs, either change drivers or take a break and rest. Do not continue driving while drowsy.
After A New Jersey Drowsy Driving Crash
If you were injured because another driver was driving while drowsy, you have suffered a variety of damages. Some of the more common damages suffered in a car accident include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damages
- Mental anguish
Drowsy driving is a leading cause of New Jersey car accidents. If you have been injured in a car crash caused by a drowsy driver, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. Schedule a free case evaluation with the Bhatt Law Group today by calling (201) 798-8000.