An estimated 100,000 auto accidents every year are the result of driving while fatigued according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents claim over 1,500 lives annually. Although 60% of Americans admit that they have driven while drowsy in the past year, studies show that tired driving is equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol content of .10%, well over the legal limit.
Frustratingly, there is not yet a way for law enforcement officials to check a person’s level of fatigue to determine if he or she is driving while dangerously tired. However, if you have suffered in an accident caused by a person asleep at the wheel, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with your pain and suffering. To discuss your case, contact a Milwaukee car accident attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at (414) 271-0900.
If you are a passenger in a motor vehicle, you do not want to allow the driver to operate the vehicle while fatigued. To detect a sleepy driver, you should watch out for signs like frequent yawning and blinking as well as head nodding. If you cannot take over driving duties, try to convince the driver to pull over and rest.
While driving, you should pay attention to the other drivers around you to look for signs of recklessness, including driving while fatigued. If someone near you is sleepy while driving, you may notice signs such as:
If you notice this dangerous driving, you may want to call law enforcement officials to inform them of this potential danger.
Sadly, most people do not notice a drowsy driver until it is too late. Driving while fatigued is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, and it should not be tolerated. If you have been hurt by a fatigued driver, you should contact an experienced Milwaukee auto accident lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at (414) 271-0900 today.