Drowsy Drivers May Be Accountable for 25% of Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Posted on Jul 07, 2014

A new report by government safety officials suggests that approximately one out of every four fatal auto accidents appears to involve a driver who was drowsy or fell asleep behind the wheel. This new finding highlights the risks associated with drowsy driving, which has been identified as a major risk factor for car accidents in Georgia and throughout the United States. If you have been injured in a drowsy driving car accident in Atlanta, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal drowsy driving accident elsewhere in Georgia, consult our personal injury attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today. Our law firm is located in Atlanta, and our lawyers have years of experience protecting the rights of car accident victims and their families throughout the state of Georgia.

Drivers Admit to Nodding Off Behind the Wheel

In its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that, according to a recent survey, at least one out of every 25 drivers admitted to falling asleep while driving during the past month. The survey involved more than 92,000 people from ten U.S. states and Puerto Rico, and addressed issues like binge drinking, seat belt use, sleep and smoking habits, in an effort to identify key factors that may contribute to fatal drowsy driving accidents. The survey participants were asked a series of questions, including how many hours of sleep they get each night and how often they “nod off” while driving or during a normal work day.

Deadly Consequences of Drowsy Driving

According to the survey responses, 4% of respondents reported falling asleep while driving during the previous month, and those with binge drinking habits were found to be more likely to be tired behind the wheel. Lack of sleep was also found to be a potential contributing factor to fatal drowsy driving accidents, and the CDC report indicated that respondents who typically slept less than five hours a day reported driving drowsy more often than those who got at least six hours of sleep each night. The report found that drivers who got fewer hours of sleep were also less likely to obey Georgia's seat belt laws and wear their belt behind the wheel.

Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys Today

The CDC hopes to combat the nationwide issue of drowsy driving by raising awareness about this serious issue and promoting good habits that can help prevent drowsy drivers from getting behind the wheel. While the agency has determined that drowsy driving typically causes single-vehicle accidents where the driver runs off the road, driving tired can also contribute to devastating rear-end and head-on collisions where the driver unknowingly accelerates while nodding off and collides with another vehicle on the roadway. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a Georgia car accident with a drowsy driver, contact our personal injury lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today to discuss your legal options.

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