Car accidents happen every day in Denver and the surrounding metro area, some are fender benders and some are horrific fatal accidents. Shockingly, drivers who are simply—tired, cause a good portion of those accidents. In fact, sleep related accidents occur more often than one might think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that each year, 100,000 police reported accidents are directly related to driver fatigue, resulting in 1,550 deaths and over 71,000 injuries. It can be difficult to prove that an accident occurred because of a fatigued driver; however, so this estimate is on the conservative side.
Let’s face it, we are are all tired. Americans are notorious for overworking and under sleeping, and at one time or another; anyone is at risk to suffer from driver fatigue. In fact, 60% of adult drivers confessed to driving tired at some point in the past year alone!
Many factors play a part in driver fatigue; however, certain individuals are at a higher disadvantage for falling asleep at the wheel of a vehicle. This includes shift workers, adults with children, and young adults between the ages of 18-29, especially men. Individuals who suffer from sleep deprivation also have an increased risk of being involved in a sleep related crash. According to a study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who sleep less than 5 hours a night increase their risk of being involved in a sleep related crash by 4 or 5 times as opposed to those who sleep 8 hours or longer each night.
In an effort to help make drivers aware of signs that they may be too tired to be driving, below are some warning signs:
If your eyelids feel heavy and you are having trouble focusing
If you have trouble remember driving the last couple of miles
Repeated yawning and rubbing of eyes
You drift from your lane, tailgate or hit a shoulder rumble strip
You are feeling irritable and restless
If you experience any of the above, it may be a good idea to stop your vehicle and rest. Consider grabbing a cup of coffee or taking a nap before getting back on the road again.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, and you believe the driver at fault was suffering from fatigue, be sure to contact a Denver car accident lawyer today. A Denver personal injury attorney will need to review your case closely and do a complete investigation to determine the exact causes of your accident. It can be difficult to prove that the negligent driver’s drowsiness caused the accident, so your attorney may need to employ accident recreation experts, forensic specialists, or other industry experts.
If you are the victim of an accident or car crash, contact Colorado personal injury attorney Robert Paysinger today. Robert can answer all of your questions and let you know what kind of compensation you may be entitled to under Colorado law. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303. 279. 0221.
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