Dedicated Baltimore Auto Accident Attorneys Understand the Dangers Posed by Fatigued Drivers
Representing victims who were injured or killed by the negligence of others
Slowed reaction times, reduced focus and lack of coordination sound like the hallmarks of a drunk driver, but there is another condition that can make drivers equally dangerous on the road. 60% of Americans admit to driving while feeling drowsy, and 37% have actually fallen asleep behind the wheel, turning their vehicle into a two-ton runaway battering ram. The Baltimore accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, appreciate the seriousness of fatigued driving cases and help you secure damages if you’ve been injured by a driver who was incapacitated by exhaustion.
The facts about fatigued driving
Fatigued driving causes an estimated 1,550 deaths each year and around $12.5 billion in monetary losses. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel can careen off the road or into oncoming traffic, slow down or speed up unexpectedly, or drive through traffic lights and intersections.
Whether or not they collide with another vehicle or roadside obstruction, their bizarre behavior means other drivers have to change their driving to compensate, creating a chain reaction of unexpected traffic patterns. This can result in sideswipes, rear-end collisions, side-impact hits and head-on accidents, which have some of the highest incidences of fatalities. In addition to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists are also put at risk, and because most fatigued driving takes place at night, the limited visibility adds another element of danger on the road.
It’s important to be aware of who is at the greatest risk for fatigued driving, so you can stay prepared on the road.
- Drivers between the ages of 18 and 29 are the most likely to drive while drowsy, with around 71% of drivers in that age group admitting to driving while fatigued at least one.
- Men are more likely than women to drive while tired, and nearly two times as likely to fall asleep at the wheel.
- People who sleep six or seven hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in a fatigue-related crash than those who sleep eight or more hours. People sleeping five or less hours a night increase their risk by up to five times.
Fatigued driving as a defense
If you were involved in an accident at a late hour, the defending attorney may accuse you of fatigued driving. While this will not put all responsibility on you for an accident, it may imply that you share liability for your injuries resulting from the crash. This can have a big effect on your compensation in severe cases resulting in long-term injuries like whiplash or back trauma, or head-on collisions that resulted in a fatality. Since there is no breathalyzer test for drowsiness, these arguments can come down to hearsay and speculation in court. An experienced auto accident attorney will help you prepare for these sorts of claims and build a defense against them.
Our Baltimore accident law firm is your advocate against fatigued drivers
Fatigued driving is impaired driving, plain and simple, and the accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, will help you help you win damages if you’ve been injured by the actions of a drowsy driver. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various areas throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you, so call us today.