Detroit Car Accident Attorney Gary Bloom Weighs in on Study Linking Insomnia to Fatal Crashes

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The lead attorney at the Law Offices of Gary Bloom said fatigued driving remains a major factor in many car accidents.

I hope the findings of this study bring more attention to the problem of fatigued driving.

Detroit personal injury lawyer Gary Bloom today said recent research finds that insomnia significantly contributes to fatal car accidents as well as other unintentional fatal injuries.

Bloom comments came in response to a report in the University Herald (“Insomnia is a Major Contributor to Motor Vehicle Deaths,” Nov. 3, 2014).

“As a personal injury lawyer, I’ve handled a variety of motor vehicle accident cases and know that fatigued driving is a major factor in many of these crashes,” Bloom said. “I hope the findings of this study bring more attention to the problem of fatigued driving.”

Bloom added that he hopes the study boosts awareness about the importance of getting enough sleep. “The findings of this study clearly show that if you have sleeping problems and you drive, you are at a higher risk of causing a serious accident,” said Bloom, Detroit attorney with over 30 years’ experience. “It’s essential that drivers who suffer from insomnia understand these risks so they can take appropriate action to keep themselves and others safe.”

According to the University Herald, national spokesman for the Healthy Sleep Project Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler said: “Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, and the promotion of healthy sleep should be a fundamental public health priority.”

In a study published in the November edition of the journal Sleep and described in a report by the University Herald, researchers found that people who have difficulty falling asleep – one of the main symptoms of insomnia – are 2.8 times more likely to die in a car crash than drivers who are well-rested.

Researchers studied died of more than 54,000 men and women between 20 and 89 years old, according to the University Herald. The report states that during a 13-year follow-up period there were 2787 unintentional fatal injuries, including 169 deaths from falls and 57 deaths from car crashes.

Attorney Bloom said other scientific studies have found that driving while fatigued is almost as dangerous as drinking and driving. Bloom cited a report in Reuters (“Sleepy, drunken drivers equally dangerous: study,” May 30, 2012).

“We know that responsible drivers would never drive drunk. But many people don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel after having little sleep,” Bloom said. “This mindset needs to change, because too many tragedies have happened as a result of drowsy driving.”

Bloom said anyone who is injured or loses a loved one in an accident with a fatigued driver should seek the advice of legal counsel.

“These can be complicated cases,” Bloom said. “It’s difficult to prove that a driver caused an accident because he or she was suffering from insomnia or simply too tired to drive. There are no tests for alertness like there is for intoxication. But experienced attorneys know how to investigate these cases. At the Law Offices of Gary Bloom, we typically work with experts such as accident reconstructionists who can examine the scene. They can look for signs such as a lack of skid marks that reveal a driver fell asleep before the crash.”

About the Law Offices of Gary Bloom

Experienced attorney Gary Bloom operates a small yet highly successful law firm in the Detroit area where he makes the needs of clients his No. 1 priority. Gary Bloom distinguishes his legal practice from big city firms by offering his clients personal attention and care. With over 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims in Detroit, Livonia, Wayne, Lansing, and Toledo, OH, attorney Gary Bloom has a hard-earned reputation as an aggressive and determined personal injury lawyer who works one-on-one with his clients to build a solid and successful legal strategy. Bloom belongs to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for lawyers who have successfully obtained verdicts or settlements totaling over $1 million. In addition to handling cases involving car accidents, the Law Offices of Gary Bloom has successfully litigated cases on behalf of people injured by medical malpractice, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidents caused by somebody else’s negligence.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, call (734) 464-1700 for a free case consultation.

The Law Offices of Gary Bloom has offices in Livonia and Wayne, MI, and Toledo, OH. The main office is located at 39040 7 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152. For more details visit

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