Many people that would never consider getting behind the wheel of a car or truck after having a few drinks think nothing of driving while tired. In fact a recent study by the AAA Foundation found that 2 out of every five drivers admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel. The AAA study also found that one in six deadly crashes, and one in eight crashes leading to hospitalization, resulted from an individual driving while tired
Another study has shown that driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Experimental studies conducted at the Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders and Research Center have shown that missing four hours of sleep can cause the same level of driver impairment as a six pack of beer. Missing an entire night of sleep can have the same impact as having a blood alcohol content of .19 – over twice the legal limit.
Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem: if you are tired, do not drive. If you know someone that is sleep deprived, offer that person a ride, or try to convince them to delay their trip.
For decades, the Montee Law Firm has been helping those injured in car accidents and
truck accidents involving tired drivers. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident or truck accident due to the negligence of a tired driver, contact the Montee Law Firm, for a free consultation.