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Drowsy Driving Crashes are Preventable

Published November 11, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The American Automobile Association (AAA) released study results that showed the dangers of drowsy driving in the U.S. are far more prevalent than thought. The foundation found that one in six deadly vehicle crashes are the result of someone driving while drowsy.

Our Binghamton, NY car accident attorneys encourage drivers to not only be alert to other drivers who are driving erratically but to also only drive when able to maintain proper awareness.

Besides the numbers of fatalities caused by drowsy driving, AAA reported that one in eight accidents resulted in a victim suffering an injury requiring hospitalization, and one in 14 resulted in enough damage to a vehicle to require a tow.

Across the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 1,500 people die each year from someone driving while drowsy or falling asleep. Fifty-seven percent of these accidents were caused by the driver crossing over into another lane or driving off the road.

Vehicles where there was a passenger had a 50% less likelihood of a crash caused by sleepiness behind the wheel.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has declared the week of November 6 -12 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (DDPW), and offers the following suggestions for staying safe from drowsy driving:

  • Try to get between 7- to 9-hours of sleep the night before driving;
  • Allow sufficient time to stop for breaks, approximately every two hours or 100 miles;
  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or taking medications that can cause drowsiness;
  • Drink coffee or other caffeine source to help stay alert.

While more than one-third of Americans reported having fallen asleep while driving, very little is published about the frequency and dangers. Our NY car accident attorneys encourage drivers to have a buddy join them on long drives and to pull over if not fully alert.

Contact Our Binghamton Injury Law Attorneys Today

Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a drowsy driver in a New York car accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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