Amanda Spence

Distracted driving causes car accidents every single day of the year. It is more common than you may initially realize. Distracted driving comes in many forms, examples include: talking on the phone, texting, eating, putting on makeup, and many other crazy things you’ve probably seen people doing while driving or stopped at a red light. Many people may not consider being tired distracted driving, but it most certainly is. Drowsy driving is still distracted driving and it occurs more frequently than you may think.

The National Sleep Foundation’s 200 Sleep in America poll found that 60% of adult drivers, which is about 168 million people, say that they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year. More than one third of those surveyed have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. Of those who admitted to this distracted and dangerous event, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. These statistics may be hard to believe, but they’re true. In the city of New York, personal injuries occur all the time, and many of them occur from people falling asleep at the wheel. Distracted driving has many victims, and some never make it home to their families.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts many tests on driving, especially distracted driving. They estimate that 100,000 police reported crashes are the result of driver fatigue every year.  

The warning signs of drowsiness should be taken with caution and show the driver that they aren’t safe to continue to drive. These symptoms include: yawning, blinking frequently, difficulty remembering the last few miles they have driven, missing the exit, drifting onto the side of the road or other lanes. These signs show that you aren’t focused on driving, and an accident could happen at any moment. The CDC reports that an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers report falling asleep while driving in the last 30 days alone. This is a much more common event than we may initially think.

In the city of New York and elsewhere, a personal injury can occur due to drowsy driving. This fact is clear based on numerous surveys and studies done on the subject. The AAA Foundation estimates that drowsy driving is involved in many crashes, including: 6% of all crashes where a vehicle was towed away from the scene, 7% of all crashes where a person received treatment for injuries in the crash, and 13% of all crashes where a person had to be hospitalized. These statistics are startling. Drowsy driving is much more common than the average driver realizes. That person swerving into your lane may be falling asleep at the wheel, and 6 seconds away from causing a serious collision. Drivers need to be alert and aware of their surroundings so they aren’t a victim of drowsy driving.

In New York, personal injury can occur anywhere. Drivers need to be ready and have a plan if they are ever a victim of someone driving while drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel. You need an attorney that understands your personal injury and wants to help. Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson and Friedman have the proven record to guarantee a successful result for you. For more information, contact Pulvers and Thompson, or log on at pulversthompson.com.