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Were You Hit By A Drowsy Driver?

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every year about 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving.

This has resulted in more than 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries per year.

According to a 2018 study published in SLEEP magazine, not only are drowsy drivers facing much higher crash risks than their well-rested counterparts, their risk is comparable to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 1.5 times the legal limit.

If you were hit by a drowsy driver and insurance isn’t giving you a fair shake, call our car accident lawyers today at 866-510-0580 for your free consultation.

Who is at Risk?

Sleep-related crashes are most common in young people, especially men, adults with children, and shift workers.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2002 poll:

  • Adults between 18-29 are much more likely to drive while drowsy compared to other age groups
  • Men are more likely than women to drive while drowsy and are almost twice as likely as women to fall asleep while driving.
  • Adults with children in the household are more likely to drive drowsy than those without children.
  • Shift workers are more likely than those who work a regular daytime schedule to drive to or from work drowsy at least a few days a month.
  • Sleep deprivation increases the risk of a sleep-related crash; the fewer people sleep, the greater the risk.

How Much Sleep is Enough?

According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who sleep six to seven hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in such a crash as those sleeping 8 hours or more, while people sleeping less than 5 hours increased their risk four to five times.

Common Warning Signs of Drowsy Driving:

  • Yawning or blinking frequently.
  • Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven.
  • Missing your exit.
  • Drifting from your lane.
  • Hitting a rumble strip.

How to Help Avoid Drowsy Driving:

  • Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep a day, while adolescents need at least 8-9 hours.
  • Develop good sleeping habits such as sticking to a sleep schedule.
  • If you have a sleep disorder or have symptoms of a sleep disorder such as snoring or feeling sleepy during the day, talk to your physician about treatment options.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or taking medications that make you sleepy. Be sure to check the label on any medications or talk to your pharmacist.

If you believe you will be a drowsy driver, before your commute, consider an alternative way to get your destination. You can always take public transportation, rideshare, or ask a friend or family member.

Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys

We have successfully helped many clients who were hit by a drowsy driver. Our car accident lawyers understand the distinct needs and challenges in motor vehicle crashes.

Our law firm has built a record of success spanning more than 49 years based on our legal experience and individualized dedication to our clients.

With offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and northwest Arkansas, our attorneys are ready to help you when you need help most. Give us a call today at 866-510-0580 for a free consultation.

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