Drivers fall asleep at the wheel all the time. Often, the consequences are deadly. Each year, 1,550 people die nationwide in accidents caused by fatigued drivers. An additional 71,000 people sustain injuries each year caused by drivers asleep at the wheel. Recently, a Georgia ambulance driver fell asleep while transporting a patient and collided head on with another vehicle, injuring five people.
More than 60 percent of adult drivers have admitted driving while feeling drowsy in the past year. Even more shocking, 37 percent or 108 million drivers nationwide have confessed to falling asleep at the wheel. Of those who fell asleep at the wheel, 13 percent revealed they have done so at least once a month.
Who’s asleep at the wheel? Most people rightly realize that long-distance truck drivers often fall asleep. That’s why the Federal Highway Safety Administration has designated driver fatigue as the number one priority for truck safety. But it’s not just tired truck drivers causing accidents. Other drivers falling asleep include:
- Men, who are twice as likely to fall asleep while driving as women.
- Drivers on the road between midnight at 6 a.m.
- Adults 18 – 29 years old.
Driving while tired seems innocent. But tired drivers choose to drive. They refuse to take breaks. They ignore warning signs. They put everyone at risk on the road.
What would you do if you were hurt by a driver asleep at the wheel? You need someone who knows how to deal with serious accidents. You need someone who will tenaciously fight for justice for you. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.
Our knowledgeable lawyers have years of experience handling accidents involving drivers asleep at the wheel in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. We know how to take on big trucking companies and hold intimidating insurance companies accountable. We work tirelessly for results.
Don’t let someone else’s reckless behavior ruin your life. Take action. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We mean business.