Although 60% of Americans admit to driving while tired in the past year, they may not realize that this is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Some studies show that fatigued driving is similar to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .10, over the legal .08 limit. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 accidents each year – and over 1,500 fatalities – are the result of drowsy driving.
Driving while fatigued can be just as reckless speeding or driving while intoxicated. If you have been hurt in a collision caused by a drowsy driver, you may be able to seek financial compensation. Contact an experienced Stevens Point car accident lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney about your potential case.
As a passenger, you are in some ways at the mercy of a driver’s actions and driving abilities. If you observe that a driver is yawning, blinking frequently, or head-nodding, you should be concerned as these are all signs of tiredness. If you cannot drive then it may be advisable to ask the driver to pull over and take a break, both for their safety and yours.
Fatigued drivers tend to lose track of the road, and they can drift to sleep momentarily before regaining consciousness. This can lead to certain driving patterns associated with tired drivers, such as:
If you notice a vehicle displaying these tendencies then you may wish to consider calling law enforcement officials to inform them of a potentially fatigued, dangerous driver.
Driving while fatigued is a very real problem and it can cause devastating accidents. If you are a victim of a fatigued driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with your pain and suffering. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.