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Atlanta, Georgia Drowsy Driving Auto Accident Lawyer

Unfortunately, while drowsy driving is undeniably dangerous, it is also something that people do throughout Atlanta, Georgia every single day. If you or a loved one is the victim of a drowsy driving crash, it is important that you understand your legal rights. An Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer can help.

In May of 2012, a French study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported the conclusion that drowsy driving was just as dangerous as drunk driving.  According to the results of the study, both drunk drivers and drowsy drivers presented twice the accident risk of a driver who was not impaired by alcohol or fatigue. Further, losing four hours of sleep was found to be the equivalent of consuming a six-pack while going all night without sleep made a driver just as impaired as a person with a blood alcohol content of .19- well above the legal limit.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving in Georgia

Drowsy driving can range from simply driving when you have been awake too long to being so tired when you drive that you actually doze off behind the wheel. Although it may seem unthinkable that someone would drive when they were falling asleep, this dangerous practice is actually far more common than most people would believe.

To determine how many drivers were nodding off, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently conducted a study of drowsy drivers. The study involved a telephone survey and reached more than 147,000 respondents in 19 states and Washington D.C. Georgia was one of those states. The CDC interviewed 5,466 people in Georgia and found that 188 of the drivers interviewed reported falling asleep behind the wheel at least one time when driving in the past 30 days.  This means that around 4.1 percent of the drivers in Georgia admitted to nodding off.

The 4.1 percent of Georgia drivers who said they’d fallen asleep was slightly below the national average of 4.2 percent of drivers who said they’d nodded off in the 30 days before the survey.  In general, the survey also revealed that younger drivers and male drivers were more likely than older drivers or female drivers to fall asleep when driving.

Drowsy Driving Crashes Put Everyone at Risk

When a drowsy driving crash occurs, everyone involved is at great risk of suffering serious injury. Unfortunately, a driver who is sleeping is not going to be able to react to avert a crash or to mitigate the harm that can come from an accident. This means that drowsy driving wrecks are more likely to be head-on or high speed collisions since drivers won’t practice customary crash avoidance techniques.

When a serious accident occurs, the victims of the crash could be permanently impaired and could be limited in their ability to work for the rest of their life. They could experience serious pain and a significant decrease in the quality of their life. The drowsy driver who engaged in the negligent or dangerous driving behavior can be made to compensate the victim for these and other losses.

If the drowsy driving crash led to fatalities, as so many do, then the drowsy driver can be required to compensate the family members who lost a loved one. Compensation in this case can cover not just financial losses from the deceased’s lost income, but also damages for loss of companionship. An Atlanta, Georgia drowsy driving auto accident lawyer can help you to determine what damages are available and can help you to fight for the maximum amount of compensation.

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer for a Collision Involving a Drowsy Driver

If you or a loved one has been involved in a drowsy driving crash, the Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter are here to help you. Because there are no laws against drowsy driving other than maximum-drive time laws for commercial drivers, you will need to show that the other driver was negligent in his behavior and that the negligence caused your accident. Our experienced Atlanta, Georgia drowsy driving auto accident attorneys will help to gather all of the evidence you need and we will work to maximize your compensation through an out-of-court settlement or a courtroom verdict.

To learn more about how our experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers can help you, give us a call today at (404) 991-5950 or use our online form to contact us and set up your free consultation.   

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