Did you know that studies have shown that car accidents from people driving drowsy are as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and just as likely to result in a serious car accident.
Drowsy Driving – How Similar is it to Driving under the Influence
Getting an insufficient amount of sleep has been deemed as a “public health epidemic” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The National Sleep Foundation claims that sleep deprivation has similar effects on your body as drinking alcohol. Being awake for 18 hours straight can make you drive like you have a blood alcohol level of 0.05, and if you have been awake for more than 24 hours, it’s like having a blood alcohol level of 0.10.
People are going through their daily lives with far too little sleep, making driver fatigue extremely common. An auto accident can happen from just nodding off for a few seconds behind the wheel. The types of personal injuries someone could endure from a drowsy driving car accident could be very serious, sometimes even fatal.
A popular show on the Discovery Channel, Mythbusters, conducted an experiment on their show to prove what is worse. Both fatigue and alcohol impaired their driving skills, causing them to make mistakes and veer out of their lanes, but their course run that was done after they stayed up for 30 hours had more dangerous effects.
Drowsy Driving or Asleep Driving Resulting In Personal Injury Car Accident
If you have suffered a personal injury after a car accident, we can help investigate your case and fight for justice. As similar as drowsy driving and driving under the influence are, they don’t always look the same on the road – making it hard to decipher what someone could be. A drunk driver will usually drive slowly and try to react to things, often resulting in them swerving into other lanes. However, a drowsy driving can fall asleep and still drive fast – they don’t always break or swerve if something happens.
If you have been injured by someone on our Rhode Island or Massachusetts roads driving while tired or asleep, we can help you obtain a favorable legal settlement.
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