Our Michigan car accident lawyers represent clients who suffer serious injuries in auto accidents. There are many causes for a car accident, but an increasing cause of Michigan car accidents is drowsy drivers on the roadways. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that 2.5% of fatal motor vehicle crashes (approximately 730 in 2009) and 2.0% of all crashes with nonfatal injuries (approximately 30,000 in 2009) involve drowsy driving.
Drowsy Driving & How It Effects Michigan Drivers
A state based, random digit telephone survey called the BRFSS was conducted using 147,076 participants older than 18 years of age. The study showed that 4.2% reported having fallen asleep while driving during the previous 30 days.
Drowsy driving was associated with other sleep-related characteristics. Adults who reported frequent insufficient sleep, a daily sleep duration of less than 6 hours, snoring, or unintentionally falling asleep during the day reported drowsy driving more frequently than those who did not report those characteristics.
Risk Factors For Drowsy Driving
The best way to prevent drowsy driving is to recognize and address the conditions that lead to sleepiness. Those at increased risk for drowsy driving include:
- Commercial drivers
- Persons who work at night or long shifts
- Drivers with untreated sleep disorders
- Drivers who use sedating medications
- Anyone who does not get adequate sleep
The recommended amount of sleep to get each night is between 7-9 hours. To ensure you are not at risk for drowsy driving, allow yourself a good night sleep.
The NHTSA suggests:
- Seek treatment for sleep disorders
- Refrain from alcohol use before driving.
- Employers of shift workers (i.e., anyone who works beyond the typical workday, including night shift, rotating shift, or long shift workers), consider providing alternate transportation home for employees or allowing naps at work
Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Drowsy Drivers Car Accident Lawsuit
If you were injured in a Michigan car accident caused by a drowsy driver, we will represent you under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
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