Drivers fall asleep at the wheel all the time. Sometimes, no one gets hurt, like a recent driver in Upstate New York discovered asleep at the wheel at a traffic light. But accidents happen. Each year, driver fatigue causes 100,000 car accidents nationwide. That’s one accident every five minutes. Sleeping driver accidents result in roughly 71,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities each year across the country.
More than 60 percent of adult drivers have admitted driving while feeling drowsy in the past year. Even more shocking, 37 percent or 108 million drivers nationwide have confessed to falling asleep at the wheel. Of those who fell asleep at the wheel, 13 percent revealed they have done so at least once a month.
Who’s asleep at the wheel? Most people rightly realize that long-distance truck drivers often fall asleep. That’s why the Federal Highway Safety Administration has designated driver fatigue as the number one priority for truck safety. But it’s not just tired truck drivers causing accidents. Other drivers falling asleep include:
- Men, who are twice as likely to fall asleep while driving as women.
- Drivers on the road between midnight at 6 a.m.
- Adults 18 – 29 years old.
Driving while tired seems innocent. But tired drivers choose to drive. They refuse to take breaks. They ignore warning signs. They put everyone at risk on the road.
What would you do if you were injured by a driver asleep at the wheel? You need someone with experience dealing with serious accidents. You need someone who will tenaciously fight for justice. You need the Law Offices of James Morris.
Our knowledgeable lawyers have years of experience handling accidents involving drivers asleep at the wheel in New York State. We understand complex state and federal laws. We know how to hold big trucking companies responsible and unresponsive insurance companies accountable. We work tirelessly for results.
Don’t let someone else’s reckless behavior ruin your life. Take action. Contact James Morris today. We mean business.
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