Sadly, drowsy driving is a factor in thousands of traffic fatalities and injuries every year. If you been injured in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami personal injury attorney without delay. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have handled numerous South Florida cases involving drowsy driving and can apply our experience and knowledge to your legal claim.
A recent study published in the journal SLEEP reveals that individuals who have slept fewer than seven hours in the past 24 hours have an increased chance of getting into and causing car crashes. The highest risk is for drivers who have slept fewer than four hours. While there is a way to measure a person’s blood alcohol content if he or she is suspected of driving under the influence, there is no way to figure out if a person has slept enough prior to getting behind the wheel. Driving while a person is sleepy, also known as drowsy driving, can significantly increase the risk of making errors and reducing reaction times. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 800 deaths were the result of drowsy driving last year.
Liability for Drowsy Driving Accidents
Accidents resulting from drowsy driving are more common than you may think. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be able to obtain compensation through a negligence claim. Negligence takes place when someone acts in a careless way and causes an injury to another person.