Drowsy and Fatigued Driving Accidents
Florida Drowsy Driving Accident Lawyers
What to Do if You Suspect the Other Driver Fell Asleep Behind the Wheel
Drowsy driving is dangerous. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 20 percent of all fatal auto accidents in the United States involve a driver who was either drowsy or asleep behind the wheel. Additionally, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that “drivers who sleep only five or six hours in a 24-hour period are twice as likely to crash as drivers who get seven hours of sleep or more . . . [and] drivers [who get] only four or five hours of shut-eye [have] four times the crash rate — close to what’s seen among drunken drivers.”
With these statistics in mind, if you have been involved in an accident and believe that the other driver may have been driving while tired, you may be right. Drowsy driving accidents are extremely common. However, there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel (or continuing to drive) without adequate rest, and drowsy drivers can be held liable when they cause serious and fatal collisions. Let a car accident lawyer at our Florida law firm help you pursue compensation.
Understanding the Effects of Drowsy Driving in Florida
Fatigue directly affects the body’s ability to function. This includes effects on both our physical capabilities and our mental awareness—and, when it comes to driving, both of these factors are extremely important.
When someone is exhausted, his or her ability to drive safely can be significantly impaired. For example, some of the direct effects of drowsiness include:
- Impaired judgment
- Inability to process sudden events and emergencies
- Increased reaction time
- Limited physical mobility
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
Proving That the Other Driver was Asleep Behind the Wheel
If you have been injured in an auto accident, how do you prove that the other driver was drowsy or asleep? While proving drowsiness can be challenging, many types of evidence may be available in your case. For example, types of evidence that can be used to prove drowsy driving include:
- Statements made to witnesses at the scene of the crash
- Information recorded in the police report
- The other driver’s statements on social media
- The other driver’s testimony obtained during a deposition or at trial
- The other driver’s employment records (i.e., if he or she had just gotten off of a long late-night shift)
Additionally, various other aspects of the accident may point to drowsiness as a causal factor as well. For example, if the other driver drifted out of his or her lane, or if he or she blew through a stop sign, these could both potentially point to the driver being fatigued or asleep behind the wheel. Furthermore, even if it is not possible to prove why the other driver made a mistake (i.e., that he or she was drowsy), merely demonstrating that he or she made a mistake may be enough to secure the financial compensation you deserve.
Discuss Your Case with a Florida Auto Accident Lawyer at Searcy Denney
Were you injured in an auto accident, and do you suspect that the other driver may have been drowsy or asleep behind the wheel? To get the help you need to recover the financial compensation you deserve, call us at 800-780-8607 or request a free consultation online now.