Drowsy Driving: A Real Danger on the Roadways

Sleep deprivation is a very real thing. Whether it's working long hours -- or hours against the body's natural rhythm -- or living with a sleep disorder, many Americans are simply just not getting enough sleep. While this can come with a host of health problems, one of the real frightening concerns is how this tiredness can affect other people and put them in direct risk of getting into an accident.The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll of just how tired drivers are. Here are some of the findings:
  • More than half of adults who responded, approximately 168 million, reported feeling tired while driving in the past year.
  • More than a third, or 103 million drivers, admitted to actually falling asleep while driving.
  • Around 11 million drivers said they have either been in an accident or nearly got into an accident due to being tired or nodding off while driving.
There are no two ways around it: These findings are scary. This means there are people operating cars and trucks -- some weighing tens of thousands of pounds -- who are too tired to be driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports -- on the low end -- that there are 100,000 accidents a year caused by drowsy drivers. This results in around 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.Of course, no one is immune to drowsy driving. A college student can be innocently cramming for a test all night, only to get in the car and run a red light. On the other hand, a commercial truck driver -- someone who is at a higher risk for drowsy driving -- works long hours, often during the nighttime. All it takes is one wrong move while operating an 18-wheeler for the results to be devastating to anyone nearby.Seeking out legal representation after a drowsy driving accidentAt Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we represent people who have been hurt in all types of motor vehicle accidents in Texas. We take on cases involving many different factors, including crashes caused by drowsy drivers. In many cases, the driver who caused the crash may attempt to hide the fact that he or she was tired at the time. To combat this, and build your case, we thoroughly investigate the claim, working with accident reconstruction experts, collecting all evidence and interviewing any witnesses to find the underlying cause of what really happened.