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 a study by the Georgia Institute of Global Health, young drivers who slept less than six hours nightly had a higher accident rate compared with drivers in the same age group who slept longer.

Young drivers who slept less during the weekends had a higher accident risk than their peers who slept more. Additionally, the sleep-deprived drivers also had an increased rate of single-car accidents.

Drowsy driving gradually reduces reaction time in a sequence known as micro-sleeps where the driver may not even realize that he has fallen asleep. Drowsy driving also reduces alertness, concentration, motor skills, decision-making and stimulus processing.

According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drowsy driving is among the most underestimated accident causes. The naturalistic study focused on 100 cars involved in accidents and revealed that driving while fatigued contributed to as many as 20 percent of all accidents. The study found that drivers between 18-20 had the highest risk of being in a drowsy driving accident.

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.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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