Most people are used to seeing news and statistics about distracted driving. Such conduct is, without a doubt, the subject of the most intense focus by those who would seek to reign in the danger, such as state legislators in New York and in other states throughout the country. However, despite the danger of distracted drivers, who are powered in their negligent conduct in many instances by the use of the ever-present smartphone behind the wheel, there is another danger on the roadways that our readers in New York need to be aware of – “drowsy” driving.
While drowsy driving is not talked about nearly as often as distracted driving and drunk driving, the fact remains that drowsy driving is yet another danger on the roadways that results in many injuries and even fatalities in the United States each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in one year alone – 2017 – statistics show that nearly 800 traffic fatalities were directly attributable to drowsy driving. Over the course of a four-year span – 2013 to 2017 – over 4,000 traffic fatalities were attributed to drowsy driving.
Some may think that those statistics show relatively low numbers, but, consider this: in 2017 there were 91,000 traffic accidents that the NHTSA says were caused by drowsy driving. That is quite a high number of entirely preventable motor vehicle accidents.
When New York residents are injured in car accidents, they may be able to pursue financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. In doing so, they may receive the funds they need to cover the unexpected medical bills that are oftentimes associated with motor vehicle accidents.