When people talk about negligence and car accidents, two of the biggest problems they discuss are drunk driving and distracted driving. While these are two of the most significant causes of car accidents, there are also many accidents resulting from drowsy driving.
Drowsy driving is a big deal because it can lead to some of the most catastrophic injuries. This type of negligence must be discussed for the problem it is. Below we’ll discuss the dangers of drowsy driving and how big of an issue it is.
How Does Drowsy Driving Impact a Driver?
With drowsy driving, many of the issues are similar to those involved in drunk driving. The impact drowsiness can have on your abilities to operate a vehicle can make it just as dangerous, or in some cases, even more dangerous. Here are some of the effects of drowsy driving:
- Lack of focus on the road
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Issues with depth perception
- Reduced reaction time
When someone stays awake for 18 hours straight, it can have the same effect as having a blood alcohol level of 0.05, which is just short of the legal limit of 0.08. It’s easy to see just how dangerous this can be on the road.
Why Don’t We Hear About It More Often?
Federal estimates regarding drowsy driving show that a small percentage of collisions occur because of this negligent act (roughly 1 – 2%). However, there was another recent study showing that the number was closer to 8 – 10% and more people admitted to driving while tired than initially thought. This shows that the danger is real, yet it is a common practice. .
Our New York car accident attorneys at Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices recognize the serious nature of drowsy driving. If you suffer harm because of someone else’s negligence, you need someone on your side ready to work with you and hold the responsible person liable for their actions.
Our team is ready to help you. Call us today at (718) 690-3132.