When a person learns that the other individual involved in the accident fell asleep at the wheel or was otherwise distracted due to being tired and therefore was the cause of the accident, a driving drowsy lawsuit can be filed.
Driving while drowsy laws have become more and more relevant in recent years as a result of the number of people who have been involved in accidents that either critically injured or even killed because of driving while tired.
Dangers of Driving While Being Drowsy
A number of recent studies show that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous or even more dangerous than drunk driving or driving under the influence of a drug.
Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation Similar to that of Drinking Alcohol
Driving while tired is extremely risky because the symptoms of sleep deprivation can mimic the impact on the human body as drinking alcohol. For example, staying awake for 18 hours straight can make a person drive as if they have a blood-alcohol level of 0.05. Likewise, if a person has been up for 24 hours and gets behind the wheel of a car, then it is the equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.10.
Drowsy Driving has been Outlawed as a Criminal Offence
Both drunk and drowsy driving make it nearly impossible to pay attention to the road and other drivers and/or pedestrians around you. This is why legislatures have cracked down on drowsy driving in recent years. For example, New Jersey legislatures were the first in the country to name drowsy driving as a criminal offense, and many other states have followed suit as well.
Driving under the influence of alcohol has been outlawed for a long period of time, but sleep-deprived driving could be classified as driving recklessly as well. This means that in addition to a drowsy driving lawsuit, one who drives drowsy could also have criminal charges applied if the incident is associated with vehicular homicide.
Warning Signs of Sleep-Deprived Driving and Its Prevention
Preventing sleep-deprived driving is something that all drivers should make a top priority to avoid. Looking out for red flags of drowsy driving is the best way to prevent an accident, and the best way to possibly save a life.
Signs of drowsy driving include:
- Heavy eyelids
- Difficulty focusing
- Bobbing your head
- Drifting in and out of your lane
- Yawning constantly
If you begin to experience any of these symptoms it is important to pull off safely and take a nap.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you or your loved one have experienced an accident caused by a person driving while drowsy and not paying attention, it is best to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Houston. After an accident, you might be owed compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Your attorney will review the facts of the case and will act on your behalf to protect your rights.