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Effects of Lack of Sleep on Driving Similar to DUI

A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.


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 in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, the effects of sleep deprivation on driving skills appear similar to the impairment that comes from alcohol consumption. The report revealed that 17 hours of sleep deprivation has an equivalent negative impact on driving ability as a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 percent. The equivalency of 24 hours without sleep is that of a BAC above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.


According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), nearly 60 percent of licensed adult drivers had driven while drowsy within the 12-month period before the survey. Over one-third of adult drivers admitted to falling asleep while driving during the same period.


If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can obtain the relevant evidence including police reports.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia