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Advocacy groups and law enforcement have both spent decades raising awareness to the dangers of driving under the influence. Everyone who drives a vehicle should understand that concept by now. People who are arrested for DUI face severe consequences in every state. That’s because driving while intoxicated is not only negligent, but reckless. There are still too many people who make this terrible mistake, but the majority of us do the right thing. Drowsy driving appears to be a serious problem as well. Nearly all of us have been behind the wheel while we were dealing with fatigue. We are used to doing a lot of things while we are tired. As such, we tend to not think much about drowsy driving. According to a recent study, perhaps we should. That study concluded that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association, or GHSA, released the study. A link to it can be found here. The study, entitled, Wake Up Call!, reviews several different ways in which drowsy driving should be handled by the states. In order to make that case, the study reveals a plethora of findings. Identifying specific statistics is difficult, however, because the reporting on drowsy driving is incomplete and not uniform between jurisdictions. The GHSA did state the following in its report:
Perhaps what’s even more troubling is that the study equated different amounts of time without sleep to different BACs, or Blood Alcohol Contents. These equivalencies included:
0.08 percent is the legal limit for alcohol in every state across the country.
The basic point of the study is that driving without enough sleep is dangerous. In fact, the statistics reveal that it is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. People who drive behind the wheel while tired take longer to react. They also tend to exercise poor judgment more often than people who are rested. These are the same problems associated with drinking and driving. Clearly, anyone who drinks, drives and causes an accident will not only be arrested but they may also face the prospect of financial liability if they cause injuries or worse.
Drowsy drivers can face the same financial liability. Seek the help of San Diego personal injury lawyers who have been standing up for the rights of those wrongfully harmed for several years if you have been injured by a drowsy driver. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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