Americans are working harder than ever before, trying to juggle families, multiple jobs and countless errands. As a result, many people are getting too little sleep, and engaging in drowsy driving as a result. Drowsy driving typically refers to driving while exhibiting common signs of sleep-deprivation, including yawning, head dropping, having trouble remembering the last few miles driven and making careless driving mistakes (e.g. missing road signs, failing to maintain speed, swerving from lane to lane).
In September 2019, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine surveyed just over 2,000 U.S. adults about their driving habits. The results showed that 45% of the adults surveyed admitted to driving while drowsy. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has estimated there were 300,000 accidents in 2018, and that 10 percent of all accidents were caused by a drowsy driver. The AAA apparently came to this conclusion by conducting a study of over 3,500 drivers and monitoring their behaviors via in-vehicle cameras and other equipment.
Drivers engaging in drowsy driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while using a cell phone all have one thing in common: lack of focus on the road. These behaviors are all forms of driver negligence and they have been known to cause thousands of car accidents each year. If you were in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, a personal injury attorney can help you file a claim to recover the damages to which you are entitled. The negligent driver who caused your accident may be held liable for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and other accident-related damages.