Woody White Law PLLC
Phone 910-338-4900
Toll Free 866-677-8525

AAA report reveals the dangers of drowsy driving

Motorists in North Carolina and around the country who get behind the wheel after only four or five hours of sleep have approximately the same chances of being involved in a collision as drunk drivers, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released on Dec. 6. This level of fatigue makes a crash four times more likely according to the research group, and even motorists who sleep for five or six hours before driving are twice as likely to be involved in an accident.

The AAA report was based on survey data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists involved in serious accidents were asked how long they had slept the night before, and researchers were able to link rising fatigue levels with higher crash risks. The research is important because drowsy driving accidents often occur at high speeds and result in serious injuries to the driver's passengers and to occupants of other vehicles.

About one in five fatal accidents involves a fatigued driver according to federal crash data, but motorists can improve their chances of reaching their destinations safely by taking naps before driving when they have failed to sleep for at least seven hours. Lack of sleep has also been linked with depression and weight gain, and research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about a third of Americans do not sleep enough.

Drowsy drivers can sometimes present a problem to personal injury attorneys seeking compensation for car accident victims. While intoxicated motorists are generally fairly easy for police officers to identify, fatigued drivers may seem alert and coherent after being shaken up by a crash. In situations where drivers have failed to take evasive action prior to a collision, attorneys may scrutinize cellphone records, social media posts or the information captured by vehicle data recorders for indications of distraction or fatigue.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Our firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

  • Avvo Rating | Top Attorney
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite
  • AV
  • North Carolina Advocates For Justice
  • Super Lawyers
  • Board certified Specialist | North Carolina State Bar

Office Location

Woody White Law PLLC
2004 Eastwood Road, Suite 201
Wilmington, NC 28403

Toll Free: 866-677-8525
Phone: 910-338-4900
Wilmington Law Office Map

Woody White Law PLLC