Drowsy Driving Increasing Problem

A new study revealed that falling asleep while driving is an increasing problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently released the results of the largest survey on drowsy driving in America. 4.2% of adults questioned said that they had fallen asleep at least once within the prior 30 days. The survey asked 147,086 people across 19 states about their sleep habits and driving habits.  18-44-year-olds were 3% more likely than respondents 65 and older to have fallen asleep at the wheel. While 3.2% of women admitted to falling while driving, 5.3% of men said the same. The CDC has provided new evidence showing that  drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. In 2011 in Texas alone, there were 136 fatal car accidents, 1,178 serious-injury crashes, 711 other injury accidents, and 2,101 non-injury crashes attributed to driver’s being fatigued or asleep at the wheel. Texas lawyer, Don R. Colton, is pushing efforts to reduce car crashes due to drowseyness. “No one, young or old, manned or woman, should be driving when they are so tired or drowsy that they are on the cusp of falling asleep,” says Colton, “… it is a risk that people should not take.” Campaigns for public education about the dangers of driver fatigue are beginning. The National Sleep foundation, just put up the informative site: DrowsyDriving.org  which contains educational materials, hand outs, event ideas, a teen/parent contract, among other resources. Colton thinks while this information spreading will be helpful to some, it won’t be enough to stop the increasing danger. He suggests holding drowsy drivers accountable for their negligence by bringing accident...
How A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help A Nation Of Tired People

How A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help A Nation Of Tired People

The best part of insomnia is sole possession of the remote control.  The worst part?  The morning.  And most of the afternoon.  And the early evening. ABC News has declared the United States a “nation of tired people” following a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. According to the report, an estimated 50 million to 70 million U.S. adults experience chronic sleep disorders which leads to daytime nodding off.  This may lead to trouble with your boss but it can lead to even more serious trouble if it occurs when you are driving. Most of us believe that there are a lot more fall asleep crashes than reported,” said Dr. Allan Pack, director of the Center for Sleep at University of Pennsylvania. “This is probably just the tip of the iceberg. It’s probably not reported accurately because a number of states don’t even having a ‘falling asleep while driving’ tick in the box when reporting a car crash.  I’m not sure that people understand the biology of all this. I think people believe that if they cut back on their sleep there is no real consequence. Everyone knows the dangers of alcohol, but I don’t think people understand the dangers of drowsy driving. In a survey conducted for the study, about one in 20 participants admitted that they had dozed off while driving at least once in a month. This can lead to someone veering off of the road.  But unfortunately, it also leads to horrible and tragic accidents if the car enters another lane.  If you’ve recently been injured due...