We've all seen the advertisements that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunken driving, but these figures really put that danger into perspective.
San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals the incredible risks associated with drowsy driving. Intuitively, the problems associated with drowsy driving have been on the radars of Texas personal injury attorneys for years. This new study, however, realizes the catastrophic potential of falling asleep at the wheel.
The NHTSA studied fatal motor vehicles accidents across the country, occurring within the calendar year of 2011. Of the 29,757 reported fatal accidents, roughly 707 (or ~2.4%) of the incidents were caused by drowsy driving. (Source)
San Antonio personal injury lawyer Michael Grossman is all too familiar with the problems associated with drowsy driving. "While the study was conducted across the nation, if we assume the percentages apply to Texas as well, we are talking around 215 fatal accidents caused by drowsy driving. Over the years we've litigated several accidents caused by drowsy drivers, and in every one, we've shown that the driver's negligence could have been prevented."
A separate study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what accident attorney Michael Grossman suggests, with one of the key causes to these accidents being regular sleep of less than 6 hours a day. When compounded weekly, the risk of an accident only increases.
Attorney Michael Grossman points out, "We've all seen the advertisements that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunken driving, but these figures really put that danger into perspective. What's more, drowsiness seriously affects the driving skills of those who are awake, in areas like reaction time and decision-making ability." Indeed, many associate drowsy driving with falling asleep at the wheel, but the CDC study affirms Mr. Grossman's sentiments. Falling asleep is certainly a risk of drowsy driving, but accidents which may otherwise be avoided without drowsiness (those which require quick reaction, e.g. rear-ending accidents, pedestrian accidents, etc.) make up the bulk of incidents.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a drowsy driver, contact the San Antonio personal injury attorneys at Grossman Law Offices today. Though you or your loved one were injured, you still have the unfortunate burden of proving the other driver's negligence. Do not go at it alone. Contact car accident attorney Michael Grossman by calling 1-855-393-0000 (toll-free) or by visiting http://www.injurylawyersofsanantonio.com/.