Austin Car Accident Attorney says Drowsy Driving is Comparable to Drunk Driving

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Bob Richardson of the Bob Richardson Law Firm cites a recent AAA Foundation study that says most drivers agree drowsy driving is wrong but still admit to having done it in the previous month.

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Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds at highway speeds can easily result in an automobile wreck that severely injures or kills the drowsy driver, other drivers or even pedestrians.

Austin car accident attorney Bob Richardson said today that recent survey results indicating that almost everyone agrees drowsy driving is wrong but many people do it anyway should be a wakeup call to all drivers.

“The public must begin to see drowsy driving the same way it does drunk driving,” said Richardson, founder of the Bob Richardson Law Firm.

Drowsy driving is a highly dangerous, irresponsible act. Those who do it should be held accountable for any and all harm they do by making what they know is a bad choice.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said a new poll found that 96 percent of respondents agreed that drowsy driving is unacceptable behavior, yet almost a third (32 percent) admitted driving in the past month while they were so tired that they had difficulty keeping their eyes open.

The AAA Foundation said in a 2010 report that drowsy drivers are responsible for one in six fatal auto accidents and one in eight car accidents resulting in serious injury.

“Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds at highway speeds can easily result in an automobile wreck that severely injures or kills the drowsy driver, other drivers or even pedestrians,” Richardson said.

Driving while drowsy and causing a wreck can be the basis of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, said Richardson, whose firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for car accident victims in Austin, Waco and other Texas cities and towns.

“Clearly, if you choose to operate a motor vehicle when your sleepiness has diminished your ability to drive, you have committed a negligent and irresponsible act,” Richardson said.

Anyone who has been injured or who has lost a loved one in a collision caused by a driver who showed signs of drowsiness should seek advice from an experienced Texas car accident attorney, Richardson said.

“If you have been harmed by a drowsy driver, you have the right to seek compensation for losses due to medical expenses, property damage, time away from work, and other pain and suffering,” the Austin lawyer said.

“At the Bob Richardson Law Firm, we stand up for those who are hurt by this kind of negligence. Drowsy drivers must be held accountable for the willful harm they inflict upon innocent bystanders.”

About The Bob Richardson Law Firm

The Bob Richardson Law Firm is a highly respected Texas personal injury and Social Security disability law firm. The firm is dedicated to providing skilled and professional legal services to clients in cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, construction accidents, workplace accidents and slip and fall accidents as well as representation to those seeking benefits for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The firm features offices in Austin and Waco and assists clients throughout Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor, Belton and surrounding Texas communities. To learn more about The Bob Richardson Law Firm, call (800) 880-5100 or use the firm’s online form.

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