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March 15, 2018

Atlanta Tired Driver Accident Lawyers Montlick & Associates Describe the Dangerous of Fatigued Driving

The American Automobile Association, perhaps better known as AAA, released its findings in February 2018 from a study it conducted regarding the frequency of fatigued drivers and the correlation to motor vehicle crashes. Federal agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Administration track fatigued driving as well. However, AAA found that the incidence of fatigued driving accidents is much higher than initially reported and is the most underreported cause of a motor vehicle crash.

Driving in the Atlanta area is tough and can be dangerous at times. The number of fatigued drivers on the road makes Atlanta’s highways, Interstates, and thoroughfares even more dangerous. If you have been injured or tragically lost a loved one in an auto wreck caused by a fatigued driver, you might be eligible for substantial financial compensation. The fatigued driving accident lawyers at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, fight hard on behalf of our clients and their families to achieve the justice they deserve. Montlick & Associates' drowsy driver accident attorneys understand the pain, frustration, inconvenience, and loss a car wreck can cause, resulting in costly care, lost income, disability, Pain and Suffering and other damages. 

The Study Conducted by AAA

AAA examined over 700 crashes in its investigation into the prevalence of fatigued driving. AAA participated in a federally-funded program in which 3,593 drivers from six states voluntarily placed dashboard cameras in their vehicles. The dashboard cameras were meant to capture the drivers in a natural state of reaction instead of analyzing their behaviors after they have been involved in car crashes. Post-crash analysis can be helpful but is also replete with biases, which color the accuracy of the study.

AAA studied the footage of drivers involved in fatigued driving crashes. Dashboard cameras recorded the faces of the drivers as they lost control and crashed their cars. AAA used scientific measurements to determine the percentage of crashes caused by driving while tired. Scientists learned that the length of time a person holds their eyes closed determine their level of drowsiness. The research group concluded that drowsiness accounts for 9.5% of all crashes and 10.8% of all crashes that involved property damage were the result of fatigued driving. Previous estimates made by federal authorities say that fatigued driving encompasses about 1% to 2% of all crashes. AAA’s data suggests the problem of fatigued driving is four-times worse than once believed.

AAA takes a strong stance against fatigued driving and says that losing a couple of hours of sleep substantially affects your ability to drive. The organization, by its statistical analysis, warns that the threat of getting into a car crash is four-times greater when you drive while tired and equates the elevated risk with that created by drunk driving.

Police officers agree. A police officer’s dashboard camera captured the interaction between himself and a driver of a pickup truck. The officer noted that the driver exceeded the speed limit by 10 miles per hour and failed to signal when turning. The driver immediately apologized to the officer and said he was “exhausted.” In turn, the police officer replied that drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving.

Some people believe that they can overcome fatigue with greater focus and “putting mind over matter.” That tactic rarely works. Statistics show that 29% of drivers operate a vehicle despite being so tired they cannot keep their eyes open on the one hand. On the other hand, 96% of drivers hold the opinion that driving while tired is extremely dangerous and should not be tolerated.

Montlick & Associates’ fatigued driver crash lawyers have the experience and knowledge to fight on the behalf of injured victims and their families. Our Georgia drowsy driver accident attorneys prepare our client's cases with great care and pursue all avenues of recovery.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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