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The Dangers of Sleepiness When Driving

Did you know that sleepiness contributes to an enormous number of car accidents each year? Studies show that a driver who missed a night of sleep—has been up for 24 hours straight—is as impaired as an intoxicated driver. Drowsy driving is a serious public safety hazard. It must be taken more seriously. Here, our Illinois car crash lawyers explain the key things to know about the dangers of sleepiness while driving. 

Tens of Thousands Injured, Hundreds Killed in Drowsy Driving Crashes Each Year

The data is clear: Sleepy driving is dangerous driving. According to research cited by the National Safety Council (NSC), there are approximately 100,000 car accidents that involve an official report of drowsy driving each year. These collisions cause nearly 50,000 injuries and 800 fatalities. As sleepiness while driving is considered to be underreported, the problem may be far worse. 

Why Driving While Sleepy is So Risky

Driving while sleepy poses significant risks to both the driver and others on the road. Fatigue can impair cognitive and physical functions, making it dangerous to operate a vehicle. Some of the most notable reasons why drowsy driving is so risky include: 

  • Slower Reaction Time: Fatigue can significantly slow down reaction times, making it difficult to respond quickly to sudden changes or emergencies.
  • Impaired Judgment: Sleepiness can hinder decision-making skills, leading to poor choices while driving. Impaired judgment is a major problem 
  • Microsleeps: When extremely tired, drivers may experience brief, involuntary moments of sleep, causing a loss of control over the vehicle. A driver who falls asleep while behind the wheel is likely to crash. 

Injured Victims Have a Right to Compensation for their Damages

Hurt in a drowsy driving crash in Illinois? It is imperative that you are able to effectively navigate the legal claims process so that you can secure the maximum financial relief for your economic and non-economic damages. Unfortunately, injured victims cannot rely on insurance companies to look out for their best interests. You may be entitled to recover financial compensation for the following: 

  • Automobile repairs or replacement; 
  • Emergency medical treatment;
  • Hospital bills/medical expenses; 
  • Lost wages and loss of earning power; 
  • Pain and suffering; 
  • Mental anguish; 
  • Disability and disfigurement; and
  • Wrongful death damages. 

Consult With an Illinois Drowsy Driving Accident Attorney Today

At SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, our Illinois car accident attorneys have the professional skills and legal expertise to help injured victims and their families get justice. Hurt in a crash caused by driver sleepiness? We can he;p. Contact us today to set up your free, no-commitment case assessment. We handle drowsy driving accident claims in Chicago, Cook County, and throughout Northern Illinois.

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