As personal injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, specializing in representing victims of serious car accidents, we are alarmed at the results of a AAA study which showed that more than sixteen percent of car accidents resulting in wrongful deaths, were caused by tired drivers. The study also found that one in eight car accidents in which someone went to the hospital also involved an overly tired driver.
The AAA study evaluated crash data for the 10 year period ending in 2008. According to medical professionals, sleepy drivers, even those not falling asleep, have impaired judgment and difficulty remembering where they are driving, causing greater driver distraction.
Incredibly, the National Sleep Foundation reported that 58 percent of Americans admitted to driving while drowsy. Most experts compare driving while overly tired to the effects of driving while under the influence of alcohol.