Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Aug 15, 2016 in Car Accident News
Sleep deprivation affects millions of U.S. drivers each day. Each year, these fatigued drivers cause accidents while behind the wheel and cost society thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
Last week, the Governors Highway Safety Association released a report detailing the dangers of drowsy driving. The report was developed by traffic safety administrators, sleep medicine physicians and public health experts, and reveals shocking details about this often underestimated problem.
The study found that the societal costs of drowsy driving crashes total $109 billion annually. This includes medical expenses, fees for emergency services, legal fees, court costs, insurance administration costs and loss of productivity. This does not include property damage costs.
The study also found that:
Drowsy driving creates extreme danger, so much so that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now includes drowsy driving as a type of impaired driving, along with distracted, drugged and drunk driving.
If you have been injured or if a loved one has been killed in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses. The car accident attorneys at Henness & Haight will fight to secure the maximum compensation you deserve.