Chicago Vehicle Accident Attorney Patrick A. Salvi Says CDC Survey of Drivers Reveals Drowsy Driving Safety Threat

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The managing partner of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. compares fatigued driving to drunk driving and says violators should be held accountable when they cause accidents and injuries.

Attorney representing vehicle accident victims in Chicago and Illinois

Patrick A. Salvi

The survey should remind us all to be careful and never to drive when we should reasonably know that we are too tired to be behind the wheel.

Chicago vehicle accident attorney Patrick A. Salvi said today that drivers should be alarmed by the results of a recent national survey about drowsy driving.

In the survey results, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that 4.2 percent of respondents (4,301 of 147,076) from 19 states and the District of Columbia admitted to falling asleep while driving at least once during the previous 30 days.

The CDC said its findings are in line with previous smaller studies of drowsy driving, but “this report presents the findings from the largest number of U.S. survey respondents to date.”

“The survey should remind us all to be careful and never to drive when we should reasonably know that we are too tired to be behind the wheel,” said Salvi, managing partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., a leading Chicago personal injury law firm.

“Unfortunately, this report also underscores the fact that even the safest drivers among us can become the victims of a drowsy driver,” he added.

In the survey findings, the CDC says that Texas (6.1 percent) had the highest rate of respondents admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel, while Oregon had the lowest at 2.5 percent. The median rate was 3.4 percent.

Illinois drivers participated in the CDC survey, with 129 out of 5,555 respondents, or 2.9 percent, reporting they had fallen asleep at the wheel in the previous month.

Salvi said that any driver who continues to drive, even though they are sleepy is acting recklessly. Aside from falling asleep at the wheel, a fatigued driver lacks the alertness and judgment to safely operate a vehicle, he said.

“Drowsy or fatigued driving is as much a threat as drunk driving,” Salvi said. “Fatigued drivers have no business being on the road and should be held accountable when their recklessness causes harm to others.”

Salvi said it is important for anyone injured in an accident caused by a drowsy or otherwise careless driver to contact an experienced car accident attorney.

“Fatigued or drowsy drivers can be held accountable in civil court, and those who have been injured by them can obtain compensation for their losses,” Salvi said.

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Chicago personal injury firm with offices in Chicago (22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602) and Waukegan (218 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085). In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $640 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 190 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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