Drowsy driving is a bigger problem in Cleveland than you might think. Anytime a driver gets on the road without being well-rested, that motorist can cause a fatigued driving crash. While many drowsy driving accidents do happen at night when people are more likely to fall asleep, it is important to know that these types of collisions can happen at any moment during the day.
Since there is no test for drowsy driving like there is to measure blood alcohol concentration in a drunk driving crash, it can be difficult to know for certain if an at-fault driver was too drowsy to be on the road safely.
If you were injured in a crash that was caused by a drowsy driver, it is important to find out more about seeking compensation. In the meantime, the following are five things to know about drowsy driving:
Drowsy Driving May be More Dangerous Than Drunk Driving
According to a report from U.S. News & World Report, drowsy driving may be more dangerous than drunk driving. The report cites a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that says “getting less than five hours sleep is the same as driving drunk.” Some drivers sleep even less, getting only a few hours of sleep before driving.
Drowsy Driving Could Be Responsible for 20% of All Deadly Car Crashes
That article from U.S. News & World Report indicates that drowsy driving may be responsible for 20 percent of all deadly motor vehicle collisions.
More Than 40% of Drivers Admit to Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel at Least Once
An alarmingly high number of adult drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 20% of drivers admit to falling asleep while driving at least once during the last year, and 40% of adult drivers admit to falling asleep at least once while they have been driving.
Drivers Can Take Steps to Prevent Drowsy Driving Crashes
Drowsy driving crashes do not have to happen. If a motorist is too tired to stay awake, it is important to take a break from driving and to find a place to sleep.
Injured Parties Likely Have Two Years to File a Drowsy Driving Lawsuit
If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision caused by a drowsy driver, you likely have two years under Ohio law to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. The statute of limitations is strict, and there are very few reasons for which the “clock” on the statute of limitations can be “tolled,” or paused. Do not take the risk of missing this time window when you can get started on your claim today.
Call Me to File a Drowsy Driving Accident Claim
Drowsy driving can happen at nearly anytime of the day, and fatigued driving collisions always result from another motorist’s negligence. You should not have to pay the price of another driver’s decision to get behind the wheel despite being too tired to drive.
Drowsy driving collisions can involve car drivers, truckers, and motorcyclists on the roads and highways around Cleveland. If another motorist caused the crash that led to your injuries, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Do not wait to get in touch with me about your case. Call my office at 877.944.4373 to discuss your options for filing a claim.