It happens more often than most people think. One minute you're driving down the road, the next an oncoming vehicle veers into your lane.
The headlines and public awareness campaigns probably have you believing this crash was caused by a cell phone or someone who has had too much to drink. But this time the cause of the crash isn't inattentive or drunken driving. This crash was caused by something every bit as dangerous but much less publicized: drowsy driving.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers who are 18 or older have fallen asleep while driving in the past 30 days.
As you might imagine, that leads to a lot of crashes. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says drowsy driving takes an incredible toll on Americans each year, causing more than 80,000 crashes, nearly 40,000 injuries and about 1,000 deaths.
These numbers are sobering reminders of the dangers of drowsy driving. They also serve as a wakeup call to victims of vehicle crashes to:
- Understand the risk factors of drowsy driving
- Recognize the warning signs of drowsy driving
- Connect with Las Vegas personal accident attorneys to protect your interests.
The Risk Factors
Unlike drunken driving, which only affects individuals who consume too much alcohol, drowsy driving can affect any driver at any time. According to the CDC, those who are most likely to drive drowsy include:
- People who are sleep deprived
- Commercial drivers who operate tractor trailers, buses and tow trucks
- People whose work shift begins at night
- People who are coming off extremely long shifts at work
- Drivers who have undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders
- People who are taking prescribed medications that make them sleepy.
The Warning Signs
While there are no roadside tests conducted by law enforcement to determine whether or not someone is driving drowsy, there are warning signs to indicate someone is too tired to drive:
- Frequent yawning or blinking
- An inability to remember driving the past few miles
- Missing turns or exits
- Drifting from side to side through the traffic lane
- Repeatedly hitting the rumble strip on the side of the traffic lane.
The Connection with Las Vegas Personal Accident Attorneys
It's difficult to determine whether a crash was caused by drowsy driving. That's why many drowsy drivers are never held accountable for the injuries, damage to property and lost income they cause--and many crash victims are never fairly compensated for their pain, injuries, lost wages and damage to property.
The Las Vegas personal accident attorneys at GGRM have years of extensive experience investigating crashes, determining facts and holding drowsy drivers accountable for their actions--including drowsy drivers.
If you believe drowsy driving caused a crash resulting in injury or damage to your property, it's important to connect with the legal team at GGRM as soon as possible so a thorough investigation can be conducted and your rights can be protected. Contact GGRM today at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.