In 2009, approximately 30,000 people were involved in car crashes due to drowsy driving and 730 died, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA estimates that about 16 percent of all vehicular fatalities and approximately 13 percent of accidents requiring hospitalization involve drowsy drivers.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving is as dangerous as texting and driving because drivers remove their eyes from the road and cannot take evasive measures in emergencies. Sleep deprivation can contribute to hazardous driving patterns in the following ways:
- Increased irritability
- Reduced cognitive ability including poor problem-solving skills
- Reduced reaction time
- Impaired judgment
- Impaired memory
- Disorientation or confusion
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence such as drowsy driving. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car crash, call a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free legal consultation.